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 ESV)
There are orphans and widows in this cinderella-land we call home, Katy. Many of them are in need of our support. However, widows and orphans were seen a little differently during the time of James’ writing. It was such a patriarchal culture in which generations of families would plan their lives around the location and vocation of the male father/grandfather. Widows and orphans were complete outcasts within the culture and often times left without a way to provide for themselves and those under their care. They were people who were suffering without support.
We live in a culture where we are masters of projecting the picture of a perfect family and life. The needs and struggles within our culture are not as obvious as they would have been for those in James’ day. The suburban facade we project makes our homes appear to be successful and perfectly put together. However, we know there are people struggling with substance addiction, crumbling marriages, difficult and wayward children, homes cracking under the weight of extreme debt, and all sorts of inappropriate sexual affairs and addictions.
I want to hear from you (yes YOU!). Regardless of how long you have lived in the Katy or West Houston community, I’d like to hear from you. Even if you don’t live within this community but live in one or have lived in one that resembles the suburban realities I have described, I’d like to hear from you too.
In a culture where we go to extreme lengths to hide our problems/struggles, who are the oppressed and suffering who are living life around us everyday?