Religion II

Religion is not a thing which it is possible to put off and put on like a Sunday dress… If you think you are doing so, believe me that as yet it is not a religion, but a web of delusions. (Edward Reynolds, 17th century English bishop)

In many churches today “Sunday dress” is nothing special. Most people just wear everyday clothes, realizing that it isn’t the way you dress that impresses God. But, unfortunately, for too many church attendees, religion is restricted to just that one day a week. And Reynolds warns us that true religion extends far beyond an hour once a week.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:27)