Friday, July 18, 2008

What is religion?

Is it giving great sums of money to the church? Is it faithful attendance in the house of God and volunteering your time there? Or perhaps it is knowing you are righteous and managing to let everyone know how unrighteous they are in comparison to you.

I would rather see what the Word says. And you can read it for yourself too. James 1:26-27 "If you claim to be righteous but don't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself and your religion is worthless. 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."

It seems those verses say it all. Whatever is in your heart will pour out of your mouth. Is your heart going after God? And how you treat the afflicted says a big statement too. Do you love your brother?

The beautiful thing about God is we don't have to wonder what it is that He wants. Love God - this is the first commandment and love your neighbor as yourself. That is pretty clear, in my humble opinion.

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