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7 Things To Do In Light of 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.

James moves us toward a faith that results in a Jesus-like life: in purity and in mercy ministries to the helpless, the poor and the disenfranchised. Faith is not just theological ascent but it is a Jesus-life in action. The word James uses in the text (look after) is the same work that Luke uses to describe Jesus coming to us as the Messiah. This incarnational ministry is our model – it is hands on, sacrificial, and seeks out those who are in need.

In light of this I have come up with 7 things you can do to have mercy ministry to the helpless, poor, and disenfranchised.

  1. Adopt an orphan. Michigan has more than 6000 orphans looking for families. Bethany Christian Services offers Project Open Arms with a goal of finding families for every child who is waiting.
  2. Be a foster parent. Maybe you are unable to take a child long term but can help with a child in transition. Look here.
  3. Invest with the unborn. GLBC is a partner with Shared Pregnancy. You can partner with them in hands on ways to help save unborn children from death.
  4. Help AIDS Patients. I need some help here. I’m not sure how we can help or where to connect in Lansing to care for the sick who have AIDS. Start here and watch this short video.
  5. Care for refugees. Lansing has a Refugee Development Center and you can volunteer. You can even learn how to be a refugee foster parent here.
  6. Help the Homeless. We partner with the Lansing City Rescue Mission. They have many hands on opportunities for ministry.
  7. Care for Widows. We have widows right here in our church and community that need love and care on various levels – especially those who have no family or their families are far away.

What ideas do you have or steps you have taken to help the helpless, the poor, and the disenfranchised? I’d love to hear about it.

  1. Brian McLaughlin
    July 24, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Great list. One of the things that has come out of my reading on being a more “externally focused church” is to partner with existing organizations. This prevents us from recreating the wheel (similar to Kids Hope). I think you’ve given us an initial list to consider.

  2. July 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Update: I forgot Kids Hope. Kids Hope is a great way to invest in the lives of at risk kids. Brain – thanks for the reminder!
    Learn more about it here:
    GLBC is hoping to train more Kids Hope people this fall!

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