Pure Religion


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This song was very popular when I was in my teens.  Nice sentiment, but it’s not very realistic.  Amazing, though, that I still know all the words.  Seems like my high school choir may have sung this.

In this era of terroristic attacks, three just this week, we can hardly embrace each man as brother and friend. They aren’t. The evil that exists in this world is not going to go away because there are those for whom evil is good, and good is evil. We’ve gotten so twisted up.

Someone asked me last week if it was true that all wars are fought over religion.

“No,”  I replied. “Religion has often been the banner under which wars have been waged, but the truth is that power is the real issue.  Religion gets people all stirred up and willing to die if need be, but the ultimate goal is power and control.

James 1:27. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

I don’t see anything in there about waging war to force our religious beliefs on anyone else.  Not even when it’s done in the name (and ONLY in the name, not in the truth!) of Christianity.

It is in the purest sense of James 1:27 that no man is an island. We are to be compassionate toward others, and to live pure lives before God.

And that’s all.


10 thoughts on “Pure Religion

  1. Amen, that’s the whole of the cross we are to carry: living a pure life before God is the vertical beam, compassionately embracing others is the horizontal. All the other nonsense is nonsense.

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