"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
I don't consider myself religious. My faith in the triune God Who provided a substitutionary atonement is about how I live my life in view of the saving faith given as a gift to me on the basis of His favor to His Son, the second person of the Trinity and on the basis of Jesus Christ's atoning work on the cross.
I notice that James didn't say, "Lobby your elected officials to take from others in order to give to those in need." I believe that we as individuals are meant to provide relief and care as much as our resources will allow. Mrs. Metal Dad and I became involved with foster care and adoption not for any financial renumeration but because we believe it is our responsibility and privilege to use some of what we have been given to care for some in need.
Right now we (Mrs. Metal Dad mainly) are weighing options for my almost 95 year old mother-in-law. Her mind is still pretty sharp but physically she is beginning to decline. She probably won't be able to live independently so we are looking at having her move into the catered living wing of the retirement community where she currently resides. We are also having her consider coming to live with us. We're not sure it would be a very practical situation for her but we are keeping it on the table. We consider it our responsibility and privilege to have that as an option for her.