Make your own free website on Tripod.com
 
Religion--James 1:27
Two of the definitions for religion given in Webster's Dictionary are:
1.  Belief in God or gods.
2.  System of worship.

In the Book of James the writer tells us about a pure and undefiled religion.
James 1:26.  If anyone thinks him\self to be religious, and yet does not bridle his    tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
James 1:27.  This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit the orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

This is pretty easy to understand what James is telling us in these verses.  We know by studying the entire Bible that this is not all that is required of us as a child of God, but perhaps it is a guideline to go by after we have accepted Christ as our Savior.

Sometimes we start believing that since we have welfare, Medicare, and other forms of assistance in our country, that we are relieved of any obligation to take care of our fellow man.  If this is the case,  whydid Jesus get so explicit in His teaching in Matthew 25:34-46 when He talks about the judgement and separating the sheep from the goats?  In verse 45 it says, "Then will He answer them saying,
"Truly I say unto you, to the extent you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."  By those sobering words we realize that we are expected to help feed the hungry and clothe those in need and visit the sick and those in jail.  As we read from the book of James this is pure undefiled religion.