Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Looking After Widows and Orphans.

This verse taken from two different translations speaks volumes to me. I am wondering how they would have been written in our current context of the world that we live in now?

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
(NIV - James 1:27)"

"Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. (The Message - James 1:27)"

If you have any answers I would love to hear them I have some ideas and will share them in later a further post once I have heard what others have to say.

2 comments:

  1. This verse I have studied intensely and from a sincere point of view. I have consulted with Messianic Jews and Christian Ministers, Priests and Pastors.
    What it says in the interpretation of the new testament letters,originally written in Greek, is that if we are to boast about being seen as religious people in front of the world, then the true act of being religious in God's eyes is to be perfomed in the manner of looking after women and children in their suffering. Remember, in those days there was no social security or welfare to assist a woman when her husband past away. They essentially became homeless and defenseless against the scourge of society. If we care that much about serving God this is where it all comes to roost. In the process we too must not be caught up in the hype and whirlwind of social vices and insanity. The evils of the world if you will. It is the same then as it is now. Good and evil at war.

    This brings up the subject of the tithe in the process. The bible is very clear what the tithe and offering is and how it is to be used. "...to build a storehouse where there shall be plenty for EVERYONE!"

    I see too many Cathedrals and Glass Houses and no shelters for the people we should be caring for. I see hours of operation (open from 9Am to 6PM) on church doors and Houses of God.

    I think I get the big picture now. It is quite simple, but maybe too simple, and that is when it gets complicated for many people.

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  2. you are right. the church should be a haven and be open to those who need it no matter the time of day and should provide needs with the tithe rather than put up prettier church walls and curtains. how can this be fixed?

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