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How does God define religion? A son learns it from his father's example

Much of what I value as a Christian is based on the example set by my father. His influence in my life continues even now, though he was promoted to Glory a number of years ago. He truly believed in the literal application of words James wrote to believers, words which serve as my life verse to this day:

“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” (James 1:27, NIV).

My dad embodied The Salvation Army in this very way, both for our family and in our small-town community. He was always careful to see that his religion was pure and faultless in word and deed. He looked after the poor and less fortunate.

When I was four, Dad became a widower, but even in his grief he continued to pour himself out to others, all while managing a household of nine children (one brother and one sister were old enough to have moved out of the house by that time). He truly obeyed Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). He simply wanted the world to see what it means to live a holy life.

As a corps officer myself, I have found that there is no greater joy than following God's call to serve others, just as my father did.

May we be washed in Christ’s blood and carry His image so He may be seen by all we meet.

May we lead those hurt or corrupted by the world, those who might waiver in believing that our God loves them, to the green pastures He has provided and be tended by the Shepherd of our souls.

Together, may we become faultless in intention, word and deed. May we allow the beauty and holiness of God, which is greater than we can imagine, to instill in us a hope that pervades our everyday lives.

Captain Jason Moore, corps officer, Lufkin, TX. 

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