Often, the institution of religion gets a bad rap. While it is true that myriad atrocities and injustices have been visited upon humanity through godless religion, there is more to the story. Did you know that churches and Christian organizations established most of the world’s hospitals, benevolent organizations, colleges, universities, and schools? It’s interesting, isn’t it? Both good and bad have been done in the name of religion. So is religion good or bad? I sense another shade of “gray” coming on.
In James 1:27, the brother of Jesus, wrote the following commentary on religion: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” Then as now, honest God-filled religion heals and gives life.
Recently, Jay and Traci Minor heroically joined other TP couples by adopted two young children. Another couple has begun caring for a widow full time. More of our members are hearing the voice of God calling them to action in these areas.
Debates about what’s most important to God and what should be most important to the church abound in Christendom. In this milieu, God’s call to care for orphans and widows and to resist worldliness isn’t debatable. Having compassion for the weakest and most vulnerable among us is non-negotiable. We’re trying to grow in this area as a church and are looking to imitate those that are farther down this road than we are. It is nice to address an area that isn’t “gray.” This is pretty “black and white,” don’t you think?