17 responses

  1. David
    August 17, 2012

    True. Great points. Love your response. And let’s not forget this very important fact: your own genetic engineering guarantees you nothing. Biological children give their parents grief in all sorts of ways all the time. Adopted or biological…kids are work. Frustrating yet rewarding work.

    Thanks for the great post.

  2. Jason Loftis
    August 17, 2012

    Tim, thank you for making me aware of the latest misguided words to spill from Pat Robertson’s mouth.

    Your dissection of the issue is well-reasoned and fair. And your version of how Robertson should have responded is beautiful. How powerful would that have been if he’d actually said those words on his national broadcast! It’s so sad that his show reaches into so many homes everyday and fails to convey a true and complete heart for imitating Christ.

  3. Briana Madsen
    August 17, 2012

    I applaud your response to Dear Sister. I believe in your statement & word choice. I am appalled at Pat Roberston’s lack of thorough understanding in regards to adoption. Yes, adoption is certainly not for everyone & there are inherent negatives associated with adoption, yet we can never truly care for orphans with the attitude that our only responsibility as a “Christian” is to feed & clothe them. Money does not solve all that ails them as it never has for any human being.

    While I understand what Pat was saying in context, the way in which he stated it disgusts me and I am embarrassed at his ignorance on the full & sacrificial meaning behind the word “Christian”.

    I pray for this woman as well and hope you sent Pat Robertson your letter. He needs to be called out for his callous and somewhat hypocritical response!

  4. Sandy – Food for the Hungry
    August 17, 2012

    Beautiful response article to the video. Love your comment “It is for all of those reasons that Christians should adopt.” And your “better answer” to the women was “truth and living water”.

  5. melanie
    August 17, 2012

    Unfortunately, I think Pat Robertson said out loud what many Christians actually about doing the hard, but good things God calls us to. Thanks for continuing to be honest and passionate about the plight of the orphan. And I hope that others are reaching out to Dear Sister in love and truth.

  6. jendoop
    August 17, 2012

    What a wonderful response!

    Hearing Robertsons words this morning made me regret that he ever called himself a Christian. That is not what I believe to be Christian sentiment. Thank you for stating so well what it really is.

  7. Crystal @ Serving Joyfully
    August 18, 2012

    Wow! Those words are callous indeed. I don’t think the Bible calls us to that sort of pat, from-a-distance, comfortable kind of “love.” Ministry is messy and getting into the thick of things. Jesus was questioned about why he would dine with sinners. He got in there. He didn’t go hand them a gospel tract and say “good luck.”

  8. Seth Goldsmith
    August 20, 2012

    Pat is an embarrassment to Christianity as usual. His publicist likely wrote the followup response.
    http://m.cbn.com/about/pressrelease_patrobertson_adoption.aspx

  9. Anne McBrown
    August 23, 2012

    What a great response, Wendy. I love what you said.

    What a crummy perspective, Pat. So unBiblical.

  10. David Durovy
    September 9, 2012

    Interesting story. I am not a fan of Pat Robinson, but I suspect this all came off – somehow out of context from his life. He said it very poorly here and deserves the flack. His co-host Terry Meeuwsen has adopted 4 kids I believe from Ukraine and has started a CBN ministry called Orphan’s Promise. She recently released a DVD series Adoption & Foster Rx (featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis among others) focused on helping parents who have very challenging adopted children and I am a fan of this – it is an excellent video series for adoptive parents with attachment challenged children. There is always more to the story when one looks deeper. Who knows what the real truth is, but a do-over would be interesting…

  11. Mallory Pickering
    September 24, 2012

    Unfairly taken out of context. I hate when Christians do this to each other.

  12. Kelly
    September 24, 2012

    I love your response here. As a fellow adoptive parent to three bright and beautiful children, may I also add what I believe is an essential part of the Christian’s responsibility to the orphan? While adoption (whether domestic or international or by other birth family relatives) is one solution to the trauma of a child losing his or her birth family, I think that Christians are called to orphan prevention. We are called to help at-risk families in ways that encourage family preservation with adoption available if that is simply not possible. Of my three adopted children, two were relinquished because their first families did not have the resources to parent them due to illness and poverty. This kind of work requires much careful thought and a willingness to develop relationships with people that empower them to care for their families and live out their God-given purpose. In the U.S., this might mean mentoring or discipling a young woman or a young man or offering counsel at a crisis pregnancy center. Abroad, it involves working alongside individuals within communities to promote development. There is a lovely book on this subject, When Helping Hurts, which I think addresses this topic wonderfully.

  13. bobet
    September 26, 2012

    Couldn’t agree more with Mallory Pickering’s comment. To better fit the bloggers agenda, Robertson’s comments are taken out of context and used to paint an unfair picture of him and his ministires efforts to help the poor and orphans.

  14. Jennifer
    September 30, 2012

    Thank you for this post, I am glad that Pat’s response isn’t the only to Dear Sister. Also, I just finished listening to all 116 podcast episodes since I heard of Foster Podcast last month, but now I am missing my daily fix! Any plans for T & W or D & K to record another one soon? Even if it’s not about fostering, I still feel attached to Andrea and Linda’s lives!

  15. Kelli S.
    June 30, 2015

    To those who are chiding the author for taking Pat’s comments out of context, let me just say that even if they are taken out of context, they were still said. More importantly, Pat is a huge public figure with great influence on many souls. He truly should be ashamed for spreading such a concept.

    I AM adopted. Not only by my parents, but by God. He has adopted me into His fold and if adoption is good enough for Him, then it is good enough for me.

    As for Pat’s nonsense comment about the risks of damaged or difficult children, my mother always says that I was easy as pie to raise. But my brother (her biological son) was her constant source of stress and worry. You never know what you’re going to get whether the child is biologically yours or spiritually yours.

    And, now, to carry on the legacy, my husband and I adopting a ten year old little boy who we are thrilled to call our own!

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