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.
How ironic that Jan, 12 of this year would land on a Thursday. I woke up, and picked up my phone, and for whatever reason, when straight to my twitter account. The first tweet that popped up wasn’t about LeBron James’ loss the night before, or about the elections in 2012. It was actually from a friend of mine who is now back in Haiti, who’s tweet ended with: #Haiti #neverforget. Exactly two years ago, the world gazed at the devastation of the Haiti earthquake that instantly killed 300,000 people within seconds.
Haiti has been a country of frustration for me. There are no quick fixes; throwing money at her won’t help either. But as I reflect on James 1:27, Haiti reminds me that service, in general, is NOT a “one-time charity”…it is a religion. Religion is not the shaking of tambourines, the running around of sanctuaries, or even the lifting of hands–all of which are expressions of worship and largely done off of emotion. Religion are the day to day methods we conduct; a way of life; a constant, repetitive motion. So if I want to be acceptable and faultless in my Savior’s, it is not my attendance in church every Sunday that satisfies this. It is the constant, day to day attention to the voiceless, desperate and abandoned. WE are their voice; WE are their prayer; WE are their meditation; WE are their shoes; WE are their clothes; WE are here to serve them….religiously.
There is no problem God cannot solve, but only He determines how a problem will be solved. I wonder if the solution to Haiti/New Orleans/DC/[insert city] is for us to simply “look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
300,000+ killed instantly. 300,000+ injured. 1 million+ homeless. #Haiti #earthquake #neverforget.
May our #2012 resolutions boldly reflect serving others more….