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nathan f. elmore

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Just James: What It's Worth

Just James is a series of occasional, meditative, tweet-like renderings from the homily collection otherwise known as "The Letter of James," who was otherwise known as the brother of Jesus.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 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.

"The Letter of James," Chapter 1, verses 26-27


For what it's worth, I will use words: An unrestrained tongue is one of the fondest heart-deceptions among the religious. The self-unaware nature of this deception, of course, ironically blinds us to the grotesque vanity of our so-called religion. Meanwhile, in other religious news, moral purity and social concern do not encompass Christianity! But, a person whose faith is unmarked by these concrete expressions of God-imitation is—to say it in a word—un-blessed.