Are you washed?

“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17 NIV).

This is a rough scripture for a child of God to read.  However, it applies to anyone who is not clean in thought, word (the kind of words that come out of your mouth), or in one’s actions. The book of James addresses what pure religion is, “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” (1:27 NIV).

It is our calling to defend the oppressed, to look after widows in their time of need and orphans.  So, my thought questions for today are these?

Are the widows and fatherless of your congregation and neighboring communities being taken care of?
Is it something that is only done at Thanksgiving and or Christmas or is it an everyday thing?
When someone is a shut in – cannot get to church – who visits with them to make sure that they are not left alone to brood over their malady.When left to feel as if one is alone in the world that leads to deep depression!
What do we as the body of Christ do about the injustices that exist in our communities, state, and nation?
This is a new year and time for us to begin thinking about living as renewed and transformed people.  If our speech and actions line up with the speech and actions of the unchurched world then, this scripture is our warning from The Lord God Almighty.  If we are living the word of James 1:27 it is a reminder that we should continue in our good works and not to be weary in well-doing.

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