Watching the wrenching news from Haita has been tough but necessary viewing. I couldn’t help but notice a lot of stories of Christian missions rescuing Haitian orphans to bring them to adoptive parents here in the U.S. I also noticed that the Christian adoptive parents crossed over any racial dividing lines and were intensely bonded to these suffering children. In the Christian universe there truly is no more black or white, male or female, in the arena of human dignity.
I had a thought today that I wanted to share with others. I imagined our President and First Lady taking judicious steps in seeking an orphaned boy from Haiti, to become part of their family as an adopted son. While in the Christian universe there is no longer black or white, male or female, in our too-often non-Christian/post-Christian/anti-Christian world race and gender matter quite a lot.
The Obamas’ are quite able to provide an excellent home for a child in need. They have two daughters, and a son would be a nice complement. I speak with some experience here as my wife and I have two young daughters, and a recent addition of a son has brought a whole new dynamic to the family- in short ,a joyful spirit full of that special male blend of energy and interests.
Beyond the personal aspect- there is symbolic weight to gestures by an American president. For Obama to bring a desperate Haitian boy into the White House to give him opportunities and love he would probably never be given in his current predicament- there is so much positive to say about this possible event. First of all, there is the political. A lot of politicians have no trouble throwing tax money around the world for good or bad causes. And a lot of politicians on the Left will make occasional apologies for the bad effects of previous American policies that would have come about from narrow financial or geo-political interests. But to combine a change in policy with a move to concretely change the storyline for at least one child caught in the crossfires of history and natural disaster- this is part of how we work our way back as human beings- every sin is personal, virtue is likewise personal.
With Obama there is yet another angle here. Barack was pretty much abandoned by his African father, he is a man who is conscious of how vitally important fatherhood is when it comes to correcting things with regard to his own children. Fatherhood is in crisis in America today, and no where is that more obvious than in the African-American community- if my understanding of the statistics of such things is correct. I personally think the president would benefit by raising up a little man- I know myself that being a papa to girls and boys stretches out some different but complementary spiritual muscles. Boys in America, and certainly young black teens need more role-models of men who are staying true to their marriages and providing love and material support for their children.
One final thought- the President and his wife need conversion. They need to become pro-life parents and leaders- that much is certain. I don’t know that by taking a desperate child into their personal space will change their hearts with respect to abortion- but it would be a good thing, a new thing, something that could trigger more emotions, more insight. I know that embracing true fatherhood can change and deepen a person- it worked wonders and miracles for me. The President strikes me as a decent man, just not a morally complete sort of guy. Seeing the faces of the Christian parents rushing over to save their adoptive Haitian children makes me hopeful. I would like for our President to become one of those Christian faces whose lives are profoundly inspired by the act of bringing a suffering child into their home. I know this can all be construed as a publicity stunt- and I would pray that that would not be in the thinking of Obama and his wife- but the many Christian adoptive parents are testimony that this is not the exclusive domain of self-serving celebrities.