James 1:27 (New International Version)
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.
For today's question I am going to have us concentrate on the second part of James 1:27. Not long ago, I chose this verse to memorize because my husband and I were thinking of adopting in the future. This verse tells us that "religion" that God accepts as pure and faultless is looking after orphans. Well in my mind adopting an orphan could be one way to look after him/her, as I am sure there are many different ways. But, it wasn't until this past week that the second part of this verse caused me to do a little introspection.
The second part of James 1:27 says that "religion" God accepts as pure and faultless is also "to keep oneself from being polluted by the world". This portion of Scripture really struck my heart, as I can definitely tell you that this past week, as well as a good portion of my life I have been "polluted" by the world. Some other translations of the Bible use the words, unspotted or unstained in place of the word polluted.
I would even go as far to say that I am not an innocent victim of the world either. Yes, the world can push itself on all of us at times, but for the most part I choose to partake of what the world has to offer. Then like clock work, that feeling of being "polluted" weighs me down, and then I begin to feel distant from God. Not because God left me, but because I chose things that were not the things that God has for me.
So today I ask you, what are some ways you/we can be polluted by the world? What can we do to keep ourselves from being polluted?
(I have been trying to visit the blogs of those that answer the "Cafe Chat" question. I have noticed that I am sometimes the only one that has left a comment from the Internet Cafe community. I know that it was easier to visit other's blogs when we had the Mr. Linky function, but it began to cause technical problems. Please take a few minutes to look at the comment section and visit those that leave an answer to the "Cafe Chat" question. You will be encouraged!!!)