I realize that I slacked off on posting my text message Tuesdays. My apologies. Today’s verse is James 1:27-

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world

We have several friends who have adopted and who are in process of adopting from Africa. Our niece is adopted from right here in the United States. The kids have been asking a lot of questions about what it means to be an orphan… how were they born if they don’t have a mom or dad? how to they grow? how do they get food? how to they learn to use the potty? These and more are the questions on the minds of a 4 and 5 year old.

I often hear the first part of this verse… to take care of the widows and the orphans… but not so much the second.. to keep oneself unstained from the world. Other translations say “polluted.” What does that look like? How can you be all things to all men as Paul was and still maintain your integrity and remain unstained by the world. How can we reach a lost and hurting world and yet remain aware of the fact that as Christians, this is not our home? How can we dare to stand up for the truth, defend the defenseless, be a voice for the voiceless in a post-modern world where conviction is viewed as intolerance and nobody wants to commit fully their lives to anyone or anything?

Want to get involved with caring for the orphans of the world? I am just now learning about all the options… here are blogs/sites that I suggest (although there are countless more).

James 1:27 Family ( a sweet family of 6 who share their story and their heart)
The Cupcake Kids (little people with BIG hearts)
Compass in My Heart
Project Hopeful

Text Message Tuesday- James 1:27

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