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.
I can't help but to think to myself that my love for Jesus Christ is not a religion at all but a relationship! However, this does not change the truth and that truth is that in order to be a Great Christian we have a duty to look after those that are in need. The obvious come to mind like the poor, sick, widowed and orphaned. What I love is the last bit of this sentence because James really recognizes that in order to stay pure and faultless we need to to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world.
What is the Pollution he is referring to? No it's not the smoke stacks and pesticide infested drainage that pours into the lakes and oceans. James is talking about cultural and social pollutions that exist in our life.
Cultural & Social Pollutions Include
- Peer Pressure
- Social Media
- Ethnic tension
- Social hierarchies
- Class systems
- Social Practices
You may be thinking to yourself "What is the Big Deal" or "I can't change the world". I have two very BIG thoughts for you. First I want you to be very consciousness of the pollution in your world. Every Pagan, Atheist and Cultural strike against you can have a negative impact more than you realize. All Satan is needs a crack in your life, an edge to tempt you. Satan has enough edge already without inviting pollution into our life. Which leads me into answering the next thought that although you may not be able to change the world....you can however change YOURS! You control what you watch, listen to and look at. You have control of your daily influences. Restrict the pollution and see how it changes your spirits. You just may find yourself happier, filled with holy spirit that is unshaken.
Start Paying close attention to the pollutions in your life. What shakes your Faith? What brings down your spirit? Perhaps it's a genre of music, maybe it's the constant temptation from illicit music or movies. It could be family or even friends that drive us from God. We are all victim to capitalism of the world and that includes constant advertising toward what society wants you to do and be like. Eat this, do that, look like this, adore and idolize this and hate and strike against that.
When it comes to Food & Fitness often we are led to change our body and appearance to fit into some "model" of what society thinks we should look like. Ironically for some societies it's best when you are thick woman as it shows prosperity where as the American Culture is stuck on being very thin as it's sexier and the most ideal way to ensure love, acceptance from others. What magazines are you reading that make you fall into this faulty thinking trap? Is there advertising and social networks that pressure you to be someone you are not? We are constantly influenced with food. It's socially normal to celebrate with food and it's even more common for that normal food to be unlike the decades before us. Laced even more with pesticides, trans fats and excess sugar. We have been duped and it's up to YOU to change your perspective clean out the pollutions in your life that stop you from being Healthy & Active (Fit).
Be influenced by ONE Person (God) be influenced by one Book (Holy Bible) follow one set of Laws (Ten Commandments).
Stay Pure in your Religion .....Stay Faultless with Our Lord God.