An urgent meeting place for Christians (Repost from The National Review)

 

There was a wonderful Protestant gal who worked as the National Review Washington, D.C., manager a few years back who was adamant that if Christians took their duties seriously there would be no such thing as an orphan. Children would have loving homes. We would make sure that all children know they are loved by God Himself. She had a point. It’s one that Focus on the Family devotes some focus to. It’s a subject that didn’t necessarily make headlines in Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on love and marriage and the family — Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) — last week, but it was an important piece of his message. 

He wrote, in part: “Adopting a child is an act of love, offering the gift of a family to someone who has none. It is important to insist that legislation help facilitate the adoption process, above all in the case of unwanted children, in order to prevent their abortion or abandonment. Those who accept the challenge of adopting and accepting someone unconditionally and gratuitously become channels of God’s love. For he says, ‘Even if your mother forgets you, I will not forget you’ (Isaiah 49:15)”. 

Adoption is work close to the heart of Russell Moore. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, is the fatherof adopted sons, has a free e-book on the topic here, and is author of the “manifesto” Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families& Churches. In the following interview with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez, Moore talks about this crucial Christian mission:

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: I saw notice recently of your Psalm 139 Project — providing ultrasound machines. Whom does that help, and how? Once a woman sees an ultrasound, what’s the walk like? 

RUSSELL MOORE: The Psalm 139 Project enables women to see what the abortion industry wants to keep invisible: the humanity of her unborn child. Some women opt to have abortions anyway, but many now have the information they need to start seeking other alternatives. The ministries that provide these resources aren’t just about persuading women not to abort. They care for women in crisis across the board, from securing child-care and economic assistance to job training. Some of the best frontline ministry we see today on fighting poverty, domestic abuse, and a variety of other things happens in pregnancy-resource centers…

Read more at The National Review here