Thursday, July 5, 2007

Treatment of Widows - A Relevant Comparison

Interesting article on CNN about widows in India. How is it that widows should be treated? Some toss them aside, some see them as a drain on society, some go to the other extreme and in the name of being "liberal" would create conditions that encourage sin.

Note the good, balanced, and wise perspective of the Scripture:

"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."

"Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame. If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

"If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need."

"So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander."

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.....And these are just to provide a few.

.....Think back now and look to the widow pictured in the CNN article and consideer her treatment.

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