Fatherless

One of the main headlines and hot topic from last week is the mysterious Malaysian Airlines incident. There are all kinds of speculations and new evidence surfacing every couple days. But suppose you woke up to the following headline . . . One Hundred Jetliners Crash, Killing 26,500! There would be nationwide pandemonium, media would be lit up, airports would be shut down and we would be putting measures in place to prevent this from happening again. Now imagine the next day more crashed and the next day even more crashed, etc.
 
This happened yesterday, will happen today and will be happening tomorrow . . . 26,500 children die daily of preventable causes related to their poverty! That is 10 million in a year! Why is it that one plane dominates the headlines and the equivalent of 100 planes” filled with kids crashing daily does not even register a blip on our radar? One reason is they are not our kids . . . they’re somebody else’s kids! Example would be something like this . . . If children are killed in car accidents in Maine it is sad . . . If your neighbor’s child died in a car wreck there is more emotion and you would help any way you could . . . But if your own child dies in a car crash you are devastated and at the deepest level it redefines who you are.

James defines for us what really matters and how we should serve God and worship Him. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27). James is basically telling us that the proof of our religion and our worship is what we do with orphans and widows. He is saying, “You can say all you want to say but what you do is what really says what you believe.” In other words, “the proof is in the pudding.” Originally that saying was, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
 
We preach a gospel that in many ways is invisible. It talks of Christ’s ability to save the soul and forgive sins. So what you do is make that invisible message visible by practicing sacrificial love. James says the only religion that is “pure and undefiled” (James 1:27) is one that is seen and acted upon. In other words, if you are not showing sacrificial love to those in need, your religion is empty, corrupted and not real like in James 2. No matter how many verses you know or how intensely you worship, it is not genuine if it doesn’t lead you to sacrifice for those in need. Responding to the need of the fatherless and widow is not a merit badge for some hyper motivated super-Christian, but it is the mark of any true disciple.

Excerpt From: Chandler, Mike. “Fatherless.” iBooks.
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Excerpt From: Chandler, Mike. “Fatherless.” iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

Excerpt From: Chandler, Mike. “Fatherless.” iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

Excerpt From: Chandler, Mike. “Fatherless.” iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

Excerpt From: Chandler, Mike. “Fatherless.” iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

About Mike Chandler

Follower of Jesus Christ, Husband, Father, Pastor of Summit Community Church in Morganton, NC View all posts by Mike Chandler

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