But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are
hearers of the word and not doers,they are like those who look at themselves[a] in a
mirror; for they look at themselves and,on going away, immediately forget what they were
like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being
not hearers who forget but doers who act— they will be blessed in their doing. If any
think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their
religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is
this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained
by the world.
In both the Christian Faith and American freedom a new balance that is necessary. As Christians the balance of hearing and living out the Word of God. It is only through this new, in comparison to the ways of the world, balance that one experiences the freedom that comes through faith. As Americans it is in the new, in comparison to the history of governing, balance of power, receiving and offering freedom that one truly experiences freedom.