7. Matthew 25:40: “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
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God cares about the least of them.
Matthew 25:40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
God cares about how we treat other people. While our salvation is a free gift, it is a gift that inspires us to show the love of God to others. How we do for the “least of these” has spiritual value!
Social justice has the biggest impact on the marginalized groups in our communities. If we want to be those that show care for people in need we have to care about just the policies, systems, and actions that are common in our society.
When we start seeing God’s heart for the needy, a passion to act, serve, love, and come alongside those in need should begin to well up in our hearts. Our God is one of action, seeing our needs, and calling us all to be people that show His love to our world.
8. James 1:27: “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
Pure religion looks like visiting the distressed.
The orphans and widows during this time in history would have represented societies' most helpless members. Now we may think of refugees, foster kids, or those trapped in poverty. According to James “pure religion” is more than getting a service right or following a certain set of rituals but about showing up and helping those in need as well as keeping yourself untainted by the world and it’s systems.
We must not forget in our quest for justice that we are pursuing justice in the name of Jesus. It is not the systems of the world that will save us. God can use them to bring justice forth but we must be leery of relying on a person, group, campaign, or any other human construct as our salvation.
While God uses humans, He alone is able to judge with perfection.
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