The Bible tells us that true religion is helping orphans and widows (James 1:27). They are a category of the vulnerable and oppressed in society, and we are called to show them love…the kind we were shown that we did not deserve.
James, as a book, is very challenging about making sure our faith has hands and legs as well as mouth. John also exorts us that love is not by word, but we must serve God and show love in ‘deed and in truth’ (1 John 3:18). James explains it further by explaining the futility of good wishes without action, challenging those who would fold their arms and pray for the needy that they ought rather to do something about that need (James 2:16)!
Therefore, I am compelled to act, and not just dream. I know that when I no longer care to act for change, I have become a part of the problem. Hence, my desire to practice true religion is my primary reason for chosing to help the less privileged. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. Not that I am good of myself, but I desire to be perfect as my Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). And He will help me.