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We're All Adopted

09.10.17 | Bulletin Article | by J.M. Scott

    He would want me to remind you…

    Lianna Brinded, with Business Insider, writes: 

    In Japan, 98% of adoptions are actually adult men, aged between 20-30 years old — not children.

    That is according to government data cited by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner in their book "Freakonomics," as well as a number of other reputable media outlets also citing government data.

    ... It all started hundreds of years ago when Japan’s civil code dictated how a family's wealth would be passed on after the death of the family elder.

    ... In households which only have daughters, a family would look to adopt a son, so they could fulfill the role of carrying on the family business as well as receiving and being custodian to the family's cash and assets. 

    Nowadays, legal adoption of this kind is paired up with an arranged marriage — known as "omiai" — of a daughter, meaning the adopted son becomes son and son-in-law at the same time because he changes his name to the wife's family name ("mukoyoshi"). 

    ... In Japan, there are even matchmaking companies that recruit voluntary adoptees for Japanese corporates.

    Some of Japan's most famous companies have remained "family-run" businesses because of "mukoyoshi," such as carmaker Toyota, which was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937.

    Suzuki is also famously run by adopted sons — in fact, the current chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki is the fourth consecutively adopted son to run the group.

    In Japanese culture, adoption is a practical solution to perpetuate the bloodline in the absence of an heir.  God has a similar dilemma.  Since “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God,” God has also turned to adoption! No one is born a citizen of Heaven.  Every son and daughter of God is so by adoption.  

    Adoption is one of those things that Christians love to love. We talk about how much God loves adoption, and how biblical it is. And don't misunderstand… it is beautiful and it is absolutely biblical! But oftentimes, when we think of adoption, we think of sweet babies and innocent children, who, through no fault of their own, do not have a mom or dad to take care of them. But then God says he's adopted us. When we weren't cute and sweet and innocent. 

    I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. [1 Corinthians 15:50] He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. [Ephesians 1:5]

    He would want me to remind you. Think about it. Amen.