It seems Pat Robertson is at it, again. A couple of days ago, I visited news site called “The Christian Post”. I was seeking ideas for my next blog post. Imagine my surprise when reading “Pat Robertson vs the Spirit of Adoption“. Here’s what happened.
Pat Robertson is a host of the 700 Club. The 700 Club is a part of the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN). Though retired, Pat would appear on the show and offer insights on news and religious issues.
The show has a segment called “Bring It, On!” It’s where the viewers get to ask questions of the hosts. Last Thursday, a woman sent in a question. The woman has adopted children, from other countries. Her question is, “What to do about the men who refuse to marry her because of this?” Here is the link to the video:
As I listen to the video, a few time; it would be easy to lash out in anger at Pat Robertson’s insensitive comments. As I listen to Pat Robertson’s reply, it seems the man has forgotten something. Does not the 700 Club support orphanages, around the world? What does Pat think they are doing with those kids?
If it seems I’ve forgotten about the adoptive parents and the adoptees, I haven’t. At my church, I know of two wonderful families who have done just that. I have to give credits to the Sizelove and the Thal for taking on the challenges of adopting foreign born children.
If there are others then please speak up!
Gee, I’m glad Pat didn’t comment on the children in the foster care program. I’m sure the McCormick would love that. For a time, Ted & Lisa provided a home for a child who needed loving Christian parents.
What does Scripture say on the matter? According to James 1:27:
27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
In Psalm 146:9, Scripture says:
9 The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
It would appear, my Father cares greatly about the widows and orphans. I honestly believe the Father delighted in seeing the Thals, Sizelove and the McCormic care for someone who is not their own. It is a challenge and sometimes frustrating; however they are serving God, the Father in their efforts.
God, the Father also delights in families like the Hoffman? Who are they? This is an American family that went to plant a church in Bolivia. While there , Paul and Kristin Hoffman decided to build a home for children, Judah Quy. You can go to the website and get the correct information.
Here is what Jesus says about caring for those in need:
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ [Matt 25:34-40]
It would seem that my friends are blessed because of what they’ve done. Yes, I don’t have a clue to the many challenges that come from adopting children, foreign born or not. Yes, the McCormick took a risk in getting involved with the foster care program. However, they are blessed by my Father. The same goes for all the others who’ve done likewise.
Pat Robertson had a golden opportunity with the woman’s question. It would have been nice, if Pat had taken the time to advocate for the adoption of these foreign born children. I’m sure the orphanages would have appreciated such an appeal. A similar appeal could have been made for foster care.
In researching this issue, I came across two blog posts that do a better job than I. A woman named Shannon Dingles wrote a beautiful response in “An Open Letter to Pat Robertson, from the adoptive mother of a child with brain damage”.
The second one is written by Dr. Grcevich and it’s called “What Pat Robertson Should Have Said” It is a more sensitive response to the woman’s question. By the way, the woman never said her kids were brain damage. That came from Pat Robertson! Yet, both of these replies are worth reading.