Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
The Greek word for “visit” is episkeptomai which means to show concern for, care for, come to help or look after. All throughout the Bible we see God’s special concern for orphans. We see this in orphans such as Moses, Samuel, and Esther and the work He did through them. In the context around James 1:27, specifically in verses 22 through 25, we see God telling us that we should not just listen to the Word but be doers of it. In other words, take action, do what it says.
One way Christians can care for orphans today is through foster care. There are approximately 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S. An estimated 7,000 of these are in Georgia. A common perspective regarding those in foster care is that it would be too difficult to see them go; however, as James 4:14-15 notes, our life is like a vapor and we are to follow God’s will.
We would like to encourage our church to please pray and ask God how we could all care for orphans in need like fostering, supporting families that do, prayer, visiting them, being a mentor, sharing God’s truth, speaking up for them, showing compassion, and providing for their needs. We know the special concern God has for orphans. He expects us to care for them so let’s be doers of His Word and find ways to help them, letting them see the light of Jesus through us and ultimately the hope of salvation in Christ. Would you please pray and see how God could use you to help these precious children?
Steve & Jill Archie