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Let's Make Adoption Routine in Our Churches

Let's Make Adoption Routine in Our Churches
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

One of the more distasteful slurs pro-abortion fanatics use against Christians is the “they only care about babies from conception until birth” smear. It’s a lie and easily disproved. Christians adopt every day and there are entire organizations run by Christians that do nothing but try to place children with permanent families.

That being said, it doesn’t mean Christians can now rest on their adoption laurels. In fact, Jason Johnson has written a blog post that points the way toward an even greater emphasis on adoption in churches.

Johnson wants Christians to make “foster care and adoption ‘normal’ in your church.” What he means is for individual churches to put more congregation-wide emphasis on taking kids into foster care or permanent homes. Currently adoption is often an individual family decision, possibly made after consulting ministry staff.

What Johnson proposes is for churches to put year-around emphasis on the congregation fostering children, adopting children, and making the process easier for all by involving the church in the process.

In his words, “…we want it to be a normal thing that normal people do in our church that is a normal, regular, consistent part of the culture of our church — any time and all the time. That's a bit more challenging and requires a more thoughtful, strategic approach.”

His suggestions are excellent.

Rather than a once-a-year push like Easter or Christmas, he suggests fostering and adoption be “incorporated into the overall messaging of the church to the extent that your people come to understand it not just as a ‘special’ thing the church does sometimes but as ‘just what our church does’ any time and all the time.”

The first suggestion is fostering or adoption testimonies. Families can share their stories before the congregation during the service or on video broadcast within the service or on the church’s website. It’s routine for Christians to give their individual testimonies on how they came to Christ. Now families can relate how they came to adopt.

Churches celebrate births with child dedications. Johnson wants them to do the same with newly adopted children, regardless of age.

I think every church has regular recurring events during the year. These include back-to-school, contribution drives for the needy at Christmas, celebrations at Easter, and even sign-up weekends for new classes.

"Normalizing" adoption should also be part of this. During Christmas the pastor can say Baby Jesus may not have had a permanent room when he was born but he had permanent parents. While there are children today that lack both permanent homes and parents.

Sign-up weekends for classes can include classes on how to adopt or foster children. The pastor can give regular sermons on the topic. And Johnson didn’t mention this, but I think churches serious about tackling this problem should assign a staff member to focus on adoption and foster parenting. The church can make the process easier and less expensive by doing some of the work for prospective parents.

Finally, Johnson wants churches to communicate an “everyone can do something” message. As he puts it, if you can’t adopt or foster you can still help somehow, “I know of lawyers that will donate legal services for adoptions pro bono. Mechanics who one Saturday a month offer free oil changes to single moms and foster parents. Counselors who offer their services for free to foster and adoptive families. The list could go on. Normal people doing normal things.”

He sums up by suggesting churches consistently communicate, “At (church name), some of us are going to bring children into our homes, the rest of us are going to find ways to serve and support them.”

Johnson even offers a free eBook at his site, jasonjohnsonblog.com, that will help churches that want to embark on this important Christian mission. I hope yours will take up the challenge.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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