However, at the end of the news segment, Pat Robertson decides to add his own commentary... and that's where things really take a turn for the worse. He has said some crazy things in the past, but this hit much closer to home for me. I am just not sure what I would have done had I been sitting in Terry Meeuwsen's position as his co-host (and mother of 5 adopted children). Kuddos to her for voicing TRUTH during her interview. And for not throwing something at Pat like I probably would have done.
So, what did he say? Well, where do I begin...
- How about the part where he talks about how you can't just return adopted children, like you can return animals to the pound
- Or how about when he discusses how children can be so mentally and emotionally damaged in their first years of life that they will never adjust to being adults
- Oh, and I loved this quote when he points out that children might have had some type of demonic influence in their past and "you never know what's going to come out."
- Awesome quote #2, "You can't tell if they have been brain damaged as a child."
- He has to quote the Bible by reminding us that, "the Bible says count the cost, count the cost, and there IS a cost."
- And the one that tops them all... "It can be a blessing if you get the RIGHT child. That child becomes part of your family and you love them like your own. BUT..."
God doesn't promise to always bless you when you are following Him... in fact, he actually promises in John 16:33 that "in this life you WILL have trouble." But, no matter what, God is still God. Today. Tomorrow. Forever. He has called us to follow him no matter the cost. I must say, I am so thankful that God adopted me into his family without taking into account how "damaged" I am, or how much I may not have been the "right" child... He took me in, told me He loved me, and promised to love me forever. No matter what. There is no greater picture of what it means to adopt a child.
If you would like to see the video segment for yourself, you can visit this post on the Christian Alliance for Orphans blog.