Last week many of my adoption, orphan-loving friends (and myself included) were irate because of these comments made by Pat Robertson regarding adoption on a recent episode of the 700 Club!
I’m not going to rehash what he said or even respond directly to it, because several people have already done a beautiful job sharing the truth – How God truly views adoption and the orphan.
The more I thought about Robertson’s asinine comments, the more God spoke to my heart! He was reminding me of the importance of knowing His word and knowing His truth!
We can not afford to live our lives not knowing what God’s word says! If a Christian, who didn’t read the Bible, happened to hear what Pat Robertson said, they could have easily been fooled into thinking that he was speaking truth – but he wasn’t!
We are to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.” (Colossians 3:16) We are to “hide God’s word in our hearts” (Psalm 119:11)
We can’t depend on TV preachers and Christian friends to teach us God’s truth. They will mislead us! We have to get the facts from the only true Source! The Bible says:
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) and “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4)
2 Peter 2:1 says, “But there were false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.”
Mr. Robertson said that people should be careful when adopting children. They may turn out “weird” and they may have all sorts of emotional baggage. What does God’s word say about adoption and the orphan?
First of all, adoption is God’s heart! After all, Jesus was adopted by Joseph and we have all been adopted by God:
For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. (Ephesians 1:4-5)
As Christians we are to “loose the chains of injustice,” “set the oppressed free,” “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.” (Isaiah 58: 6-7)
We are to “Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless!” (Isaiah 1:17)
Today, I encourage you to seek out truth! Don’t believe everything you hear or read. There will be people who claim to be Christians, who do not know God’s truth! Open your Bible, dig deep, and tuck God’s word in your heart! Let His truth guide you, always!