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Our Live-Blogger: Zach Nielsen

by Dan Cruver Published Sep 25, 2009

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Several months ago we asked Zach Nielsen if he would consider live-blogging Conference 2009. We asked him not only because he’s an excellent blogger but also (mainly) because he’s a gospel-centered adoption advocate. Over a year ago I asked Zach how he thought the gospel should influence the decision to adopt. His answer will show you why we asked him to live-blog our conference.

Nielsen FamilyI think the gospel should influence every area of life, but especially adoption. Understanding that we have been adopted into the family of God (Eph. 1:5) when we were in dire need as weak and powerless sinners should inform how we care for those who are weak and powerless in this world. We see such a huge need in the world today and we have been given so much, and Biblically we know that we have been blessed to be a blessing, so adoption seems like a logical step for us. Ultimately it came down to this: Our only real reason for not adopting is selfishness. If we can afford to support three kids I think we’ll probably be ok with four. The prospect of having an even crazier home, or getting up with another child in the middle of the night, or having enough energy to train and discipline another child pales in comparison with the overwhelming needs of an abandoned child who needs a loving Christian family. You could respond and ask, “Do you think that all those that choose not to adopt a child are selfish?” Certainly not, but it might be a good idea to ask yourself why you don’t want to adopt. Of course there are good reasons, but if you are able and in light of the huge need in our world today, why not? I recognized the legalistic danger here. Adopting a child is not a Biblical command and we cannot place this conviction of ours on anyone else as an identifying mark of real Christianity. But I think this legalistic danger is worth the risk in light of the need.

Zach’s perspective on adoption has been a great encouragement and example to me over the past year and a half. I’ve learned much from him. We are very excited to have him live-blog our adoption conference. So make sure you check his blog out on October 2-3. He will be posting 2-3 minute video interviews of our speakers and summaries of their sessions throughout the Friday evening, all day Saturday conference.

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