Matthew 21:12

This getting angry stuff always conflicts me. It feels so damn good to cut loose, but then someone will come along and admonish you for your anger, and you start questioning yourself, and then you think of how big the adopt-for-God movement has gotten being so nice, and it goes on and on.

This time my head went in a different direction after yesterday’s ire cooled, though. I spent a lot of time thinking about the whole religious angle in adoption, how it has pushed so many people to believe in things that they would see are wrong in any other environment save adoption. And then I began to think about the one they say is calling them to adopt adopt adopt, and how He would view what is happening in the world of adoption today.

I came to the conclusion that Jesus gave us a very good example. Instead of Ephesians 1:5 (God’s call to adopt) or James 1:27 (the call to care for the orphans that too often conveniently ignores the widows), I think we should remind everyone of Matthew 21:12.

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.
If someone can turn a piece of scripture that really means something else into an entire movement, so can I. And I think Matthew 21:12 is telling me to throw the thieves out of adoption.

Who are they? For-profit adoption agencies and facilitators for sure. Those who believe that it’s OK for children to be taken from parents who want to parent them in the name of adoption (think Baby Veronica). And those who believe infertility grants one a right to adopt. It’s those who turn a blind eye to laws that discriminate against adoptees, leave their citizenship at risk or promote MORE adoptions rather than fixing the processes that are so seriously broken. It’s definitely those who respond to the deaths of adoptees at the hands of their adopters with a dismissal of adoption’s role. It covers the vast majority of legislators, state and federal, including much of – most of? – the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. It covers the ACLU and the Catholic Conference of Bishops, two of the top opponents of equal OBC access for adoptees. And it covers the countries who look upon transracial adoption as a quick and clever means of sweeping their social challenges under the rug – yeah, Korea, I’m talking to you.

So adoption reform community, when they come at you with James 1:27 or Ephesians 1:5, give them Matthew 21:12. Remind them that Jesus was angered by the hypocrisy and thievery around him, and did something about it.

We can play this game too.



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