Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently opened up about he and his wife’s decision to adopt and how he believes “adoption fits evangelicals’ anti-abortion values.” Plus, view photos of prominent Christians who have also adopted children.
Moore, speaking to the RNS, shared that he and his wife have five children, the oldest of whom are 11 years old, adopted from a Russian orphanage.
When asked why he has made Christian adoption his “big cause”, Moore responded:
“My wife and I went through several years of infertility and miscarriages and found ourselves going through the process of adoption and we felt very much alone. So I started to write about the issue of adoption really to address people who are in the same situation that we were, which is not understanding and seeing the meaning of that rich metaphor of adoption in Scripture, not understanding how adoption makes a real family.”
As for his “biblical metaphor” for adoption, Moore explained:
Scripture says that Christians have been adopted into the family of God, and so regardless of background, regardless of past, everyone who is in Christ is part of the family.
When asked if adoption could be a “form of evangelism”…to churn out more evangelicals, Moore said:
Adoption and orphan care and foster care are not a covert means of evangelism any more than Christians having babies is a form of reproductive evangelism. It’s simply Christians love children, and part of what it means to love children is to share the gospel.
When asked how the pro-life movement and adoption overlaps, Moore responded:
I think it has grown because the pro-life movement has grown. You see that, for instance, in terms of crisis pregnancy centers, which now are expanding to minister to women in all sorts of ways, ranging from child care to job training.
Here is a photo of Moore and one of his sons:
Pastor Voddie Baucham of Grace Family Baptist Church also has adopted children with his wife. Here, Pastor Baucham holds the newest addition to the family, Amos Emmanuel Baucham, whose adoption was finalized on Dec. 21, 2012, according to a Facebook post. The Spring, Texas, minister wrote an article last year attempting to tackle the anxieties and mis-truths about adoption, such as generational curses, family sins and familiar spirits attached to adopted children.
Professional golfer and 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson adopted his first child last year. Here is with his one-year-old son, Caleb.