I think it is really funny how people throw the word religion around. "Oh, that person has found religion." "Yeah, they are a really religious family." "I am looking for religion in my life." "I think that you need religion to get everything under control in your life."
Most people in the south are looking to have religion that is approved by God of the Bible. They do different things to seek after what is pleasing and perfect to God, they try to pattern their lives to that Heaven is their inheritance when they leave this earth.
So, this brings up the questions: "what is real religion?".
The answer is found in James 1:27. "Pure and faultless religion in the sight of God our father is this; to look after widows and orphans in their distress and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
So, God fully/100 % accepts religion that is focused on looking after widows and orphans and that keeps self from being stained by this world.
The orphans and the widows are the helpless! God's heart is that his followers do everything that they can to meet the needs of those who cannot meet their own. If we sing, and pray, and teach, and give......but do not look after the helpless then we have a blemished religion.
read Isaiah 1:10-17 if you still have a problem with this.
But, we have become spotted by the world. We have become focused on self. We have become focused on having bigger/better, just like our culture preaches. We sell a God that is good because we have.
God wants us to realize that Godliness with contentment is great gain! God wants us to love him regardless of whether or not He gives or takes away!
Let's not go through motions, but lets have true, giving our all, meeting needs, following Christ religion!