Religion and Compassion

Religion and Compassion

Dear Friends:

So, the atheist advocacy group Freedom From Religion Foundation has been granted a tax exemption - as a religious organization. Who says politics can't be funny?!

"Religion," if reduced to being sort of a once-a-week part of one's life, a habit akin to changing the oil or getting a haircut, is fraudulent. Paul describes its practitioners "as holding to a form of Godliness, although they have denied its power" (II Timothy 3:5). Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith characterizes this illusive faith as only "moralistic, therapeutic deism."

Yet religion properly understood is honoring to our Creator and Redeemer. "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this," writes James. "To visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27). Put another way, compassionate acts and pure hearts reflect true faith in a living Savior.

Family Research Council makes a strong case for the importance of adoption, and our Church Ministries department works actively with thousands of churches around the country to build strong families. Many Christian organizations are serving to the same ends.

In an era when atheists are considered "religious" and some groups want atheist "chaplains" in the Armed Forces, we're thankful to stand with you in advancing faith, family, freedom and hope for those most in need.

That's part of true religion. And good, meaningful politics.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council


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