“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27
Not taking care of orphans and windows—those that cannot take care of themselves—is in stark contrast to how Jesus wants Christians to behave. Christians are urged to confront one another when they see injustice being done, especially by fellow believers. Hypocrisy has no place in the Kingdom of God.
“In all things, I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35
The Bible is filled with verses about children, taking care of widows, and looking after the poor, weak and those in need of assistance.
Jesus said: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12
Religion and politics collided during the year’s first Democratic presidential debates as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and 2020 candidate went after President Donald Trump and Republicans for religious hypocrisy.
“The Republican Party likes to cloak itself in the language of religion,” the mayor said. “To suggest that God would smile on the division of families at the hands of federal agents, that God would condone putting children in cages has lost all claim to ever use religious language again.”
Jesus said: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 18:10
This is not the first time Buttigieg has gone after Republicans over religion. This past spring, he called out Vice President Mike Pence’s opposition to marriage by the same sex: “Your quarrel, sir, it is with my creator.”
Buttigieg said of the difference between Republicans and Democrats on the subject of religion, “Our party doesn’t talk about [religion] as much.”
However, Buttigieg, despite the fact of being openly gay and married to a man, has professed to have Christian faith and has shown it is a topic he is ready and willing to discuss.