Many people in the world today claim a religion, or say that they are religious, or that they practice or participate in a certain religion. It’s very confusing, because there may be as many as 3,000 different religions in the world. Some worship one god, many worship things, and even a few say that their god is the true God of the universe. The plain truth of the matter is laid out by the only True and Living God that ever existed, the Almighty God:
“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:26-27, NASB)
The fact is, Christians are called to be caring people and pure from the world’s influence. If we really are religious, we will care for and attend to widows and orphans, seeing to their needs. And we will control our tongue, so we will be known as being ‘different’ from the world. This lifestyle – pure and undefiled religion – will glorify our Heavenly Father for all that He has done.