The fatherless, the widows, the poor and afflicted, the oppressed and the stranger, these are the people that God has asked us to demonstrate our religion to. We are to plead for them, do them justice, to rid them out of the hand of the wicked and to deliver them to safety and security.
God puts such significance on these things (and others) that our very religion is defined by it.
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27).
And in all of this doing we must not forget the most important thing, “and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
We are to love God with all of our heart, mind, body and soul and love our neighbor as our self. Helping the poor and the widows and those distraught and in distress is a manifestation of that love onto our fellow man. It is impossible to love God and not love man. Our works and deeds are generated from that Godly love.
God said, “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17)
“Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4)
“Thus saith the Lord; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place” (Jeremiah 22:3).
“A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land” (Psalm 68:5-6).
“The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down” (Psalm 146:9).
Learn to do well, seek justice and righteousness, keep yourself unspotted from the world and help those less fortunate and that are in need. This defines our religion.
Defend the poor and fatherless