ADOPTION in the Blind Side
In the end, after being rescued and changed by the love and compassion of the Tuohys, Michael gets a new family and this new family is a continual reminder of what he’s been given and who he is. To this new family, Michael is not the illiterate, illegitimate, outcast that the movie introduces us to in the beginning. To Michael’s new family he is a rescued, redeemed brother.
Hebrews 2:10 says,
10 “For it was fitting that [God], for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why [Christ] is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
In this picture is a call for the church to always remember that we, like Michael (actually, worse than Michael), were orphans because of our sinful rebellion against God – our desire to be our own gods, our own final authority on right and wrong. And with that reminder there is a call for the church to have compassion on those who do not know Christ and do not know what it’s like to taste the safety of home, and the compassion of our heavenly father.
It is staggering and moving enough that the Tuohy’s adopt Michael. What’s even more staggering is that God adopts, redeems and rescues children that are far more difficult than Michael Oher. He rescues, redeems and adopts sinners like me. Sinners that love their sin.
I love the way Deuteronomy 10 speaks about God the Father.
14 Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. 15 Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.
The God who owns the heavens and holds them together set his heart, in love, on a rebellious sin loving God hater like me. Such thoughts are too high and deep to comprehend. This is what stories of redemption, rescue and adoption should do to us.
I would challenge the viewer of The Blind Side to watch and remember the ultimate storiy of rescue and redemption exists to remind God’s people that we have been rescued and redeemed from something far worse than homelessness and that we serve a mighty and compassionate Redeemer. The gospel story exists to call those who have not trusted Christ to be their rescuer, redeemer and brother to repent of their sin and trust him and treasure him.