Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. – Isaiah 1:17
Couldn’t be more clear! I love this verse and hope that I will pass along these directives to my children through words and actions. I fear believers in Christ sometimes judge the oppressed, forget the orphans, and disregard widows. Doing so bleeds right into injustice and does not show the goodness that is found in a Christ-filled life.
In my opinion, this verse speaks the essence of Christianity and the belief in a loving Heavenly Father who will always be the Father to the fatherless.
Have a beautiful Sunday!
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. -James 1:27
Today is Orphan Sunday. When I read and think about the Scripture verse above, the key words that jump out at me are pure and faultless. When I consider the efforts made to care for and take notice of orphans, I believe wholeheartedly that there is authentic pureness in the energy put forth. I do not know of anyone who sets out to care for children orphaned and abandoned on the streets in a far-off country that does it for money, glamour, or anything else really. They are motivated by pure love, genuine passion, and an eternal calling.
The words pure and faultless are absolutely right on in describing these actions.
So, today, will you join the cause for orphans? Will you reach out to a widow? Will you pray for the millions of orphans in the world and the 100,000+ in the US foster care system who are in need of adoption?
Here are a couple of websites regarding children in need of adoption and orphans around the world. Perhaps, the first step to understanding the plight of so many children is to gain knowledge of them. I hope you find these website informative. (Of course, there are many more on the web!)
Christian Alliance for Orphans
May the Lord bless your day!