Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Unstained

Many people in the adoption community have a strong affection for the verse in James 1:27 which says “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep onself unstained from the world.” I have read this verse too many times to count but always focused on the "visit orphans and widows" part of it.

Today as I was checking out Shannon's blog, I was directed to a blog written by her husband...a site simply titled "unstained." Through his blog, David is sharing his family's desire to live for Christ and the daily practical decisions they make to bring reality to that desire.

Much of what David says has also been on my heart lately. I was recently reunited with a long, lost friend who lives in Mexico. Through our correspondence, I have been reminded yet again of the luxury that many Americans live in while others live in poverty. However, this time the "other" wasn't half-way around the world...or nameless to me...or someone I would never meet. The "other" was...is...my dear friend.

I encourage you to check out the "unstained" blog. In particular, watch the short video at the very bottom of the page under the "$8 hot dog" post. Interestingly, Rebecca also recently posted a similar topic which you can view here. The following statement by John Piper could have been pulled straight from my lips:

“I tremble at the prospect of living a trivial, self-serving, comfortable, middle-class, ordinary, untroubled American life.” (John Piper)

UPDATE: In case you couldn't find it, David added a new post which bumped the "$8 hot dog" post to a new page. You can watch the video HERE.

6 comments:

Andrea said...

I will be purchasing"wordiliness" if I can find it!

A

Rebecca said...

Wow. Awesome. Awesome. I linked from my blog and put the YouTube video, thanks Tish! This was so refreshing!!!

I love John Piper. He is my favorite author/teacher. Andy and I are reading "Don't Waste Your Life" together right now.

Hugs
R

Stefanie said...

Love this, Tish! Thanks so much for sharing, what an incredibly moving video. And Unstained blog is great, too! Gives me LOTS to think about!

Yvonne Crawford said...

Very cool blog. Gives me a lot to think about. I really want a simplier life.

marbsfamily said...

thank you for the timely post.... and thank you for using your blog to point us towards HIM.

blessings my friend-
kari

Jenna said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing! That video was extremely challenging......it is so much of what I have been thinking about since we started this whole adoption journey.

I have never heard that particular quote by John Piper either! I love it.

Jenna :)