This is not my question, but the question I first heard as a child when an Alabama football star came to our church to share his testimony. I don’t remember the details of his sermon, but nearly two decades later, I can still hear him ask,
“Why is ‘adopted’a bad word? People whisper, ‘Were [your children] adopted?’ as if it is a shameful thing. But if Christ died on the cross so that we all could be adopted as children of God, then why is ‘adopted’ a bad word?”
A white mother to a black child once commented on my blog that someone asked her, “Will you tell your son that he is adopted?” Hmm. This is OBVIOUSLY not an option for those adopting transracially! But I wonder: Why it is an option for anyone? Adoption is beautiful. It is a miracle.