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.
Christ calls His Church to care for the orphans and the widows of this world; but how do we figure out who is an orphan and who is not? Although our society is quite different from that of biblical times, the urgency of this call remains the same. Those who live in isolation, who do not have the support of a family or the connection of friends in high places, or who are permanently unable to provide for themselves- these are our orphans and our widows.
Based on this, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Am I currently helping the orphans and widows in my community? Is my church?
2. If not, how can I create an environment where this is possible?
3. Am I (or my church) currently providing relief to individuals who are not orphans or widows? How might this help harm those who are receiving it?
4. If I am providing aid to those who are not orphans or widows, how might this effect those who are, and are not receiving it?