What is pure religion? The subject is declared in Scripture, saying, “to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Pure religion is not merely to sympathize with them in their affliction with soothing words, but to aid them, if needy with their substance.

Pure religion is the exercise of compassion, courtesy, kindness and love in the home environment, in the employment facility, in the worship centers and in the community setting. Pure religion quickens the mind, enlightens the conscience, governs the impulse, controls the passion, refines the taste, lifts the fallen, comforts the hurting, sweetens the disposition, modifies the character, ennobles the affection, enriches the life and makes the possessors happier and better in assisting the homeless.

Pure religion is demonstrated in how we treat our neighbors, even illegal immigrants. In the realm of Christianity, Christ has identified pure religion in the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Least of My Brethren. In essence, pure religion, wherever it acts, blesses people; whenever it works, there is cheerfulness and hope.

Christians represent Christ’s ministry, and they do as Christ did. If professed Christians manifest an unfeeling refusal to help the distressed ones, may the Lord pity their future, for “whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you.”

Isaiah J. Ashe