The second and final installment on the topic of Social Justice and Worship. Text: James 1:27. 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.
And here’s an introduction to Part 2, offered after hearing Part 1. CliffsNotes follow.
1) We should have a different value system and definition of success than those who do not know Jesus. We are polluted when we measure ourselves by non-biblical standards and adopt the ways and values of the unbelieving world.
2) God has a special place in his heart for orphans and widows. Caring for them represents God’s faithfulness as a spiritual Father and Husband to those who have none.
We should not be focused on hoarding our assets. They belong to God. They should be used to honor God and care for those who He has commanded us to care for, as they all belong to God.
How can we actively seek justice?
Listen to the cries of the orphans, the widows, the oppressed. Listen to God. What would he have you to do? "Nothing" is not an option for the pure worshipper. You may be called to go, or you may be called to give generously to support those who do go. Some of you will take foster children into your gargantuan and empty mansions and houses. Example of a church doing this: Johnny Hunt, pastor at First Baptist Woodstock (and current president of the Southern Baptist Convention), recently challenged his congregation to eliminate the foster care crisis in that community. Hundreds are being trained and for the first time ever—ever—it appears there will be an abundance of families in that county willing to take foster children–orphans– into their homes. What has God called you to do in obedience to James 1:27? We have been bought with a price and we will do what God calls us to do. Only then can we really worship.