FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – In a society where adoption has become popularized in Hollywood by high-profile actors and actresses and in the court system by activists lobbying for the legalization of gay and lesbian adoptions, John Mark Yeats, assistant professor of church history at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, believes there is an underlying indictment against the people of God.

A recent article about his message at Southwestern’s Family Conference last fall highlights his call for a revival among evangelical Christians to reclaim the biblical mandate of adoption. From the Old Testament’s commands to care for the disenfranchised, including orphans, to Paul’s use of the concept of adoption to describe Christians’ relationship to God, Scripture consistently portrays adoption as an image of redemption.

Yeats challenged churches and families to consider their role in ministering to the ever-growing number of orphans in the U.S. and around the world. Even if God does not call an individual to adopt a child, he or she can still support the care of orphans through financial giving and personal involvement. Churches should be adoption-friendly environments where adoption is advocated from the pulpit as well as the pew.

“What if the church in America would wake up and realize that our walk doesn’t equal our talk in relation to pro-life issues?” Yeats asked. “What if 5,000 godly couples in DFW raised their hand and said they believed God was calling them to adopt? What if those same godly couples raised those 5,000 kids, and they became Christians who in turn raised godly families with godly children? Do you catch the impact here?”

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