Question:

What does the Bible teach on gays adopting and raising children?


Answer:

The question, knowingly or not, attempts to balance sin with righteousness. Homosexuality is a sin, see Homosexuality for a list of verses proving this point. Adoption is a righteous act.

Our relationship, as a Christian, with God is described as one of adoption. "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ" (Galatians 4:4-7). The concept of adoption is very special. It is a conscience decision to choose to make someone yours that previously did not belong to you. It is a statement of extra special love that a parent chooses to adopt a child and make him as if he was his own.

But one cannot justify sin by stating that some "good" will result from it. "And why not say, "Let us do evil that good may come"? -- as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just" (Romans 3:8). While adoption is good, to raise a child in a sinful environment is not benefiting the child.

Sarabeth Bowen and Jeff Hamilton

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