Should We Sterilize Ourselves in Order to Adopt More Children?

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Below is the latest “Questions and Ethics” query. Help me answer this question by telling me your thoughts in the comments. I’ll weigh in later. And remember to send me your real-life ethical dilemma to [email protected]

Dear Dr. Moore,

My wife and I really resonate with your emphasis on orphan care and adoption, caring for widows and the fatherless. We believe God is calling us to minister to orphans through adoption and foster care. Here’s our question. We’re a young couple, married about three years. We have no children at this time, both finishing up college and graduate school.

Here’s our question. We know there are so many children in the world (and in our community) who need parents. We would like to help the maximum number of kids we can. We are contemplating not having children biologically at all, proceeding either contraception or a vasectomy for me.

We think this is a good idea, and honoring to the Lord. Some of our Christian friends don’t think we’re making the right decision. What do you think?


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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.