Saturday, October 16, 2010

Favoritism is For the Lawless - James 2

James 2
Favoritism Forbidden
1My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?

8If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself,"[a] you are doing right. 9But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11For he who said, "Do not commit adultery,"[b] also said, "Do not murder."[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

This is the word that the Lord wanted me to read today, it's about showing favoritism towards people based on their looks. It's the whole I am going to be nice to them because they look rich. I know a friend who went to a church that did this, she dressed up as a bum and sat in the last pew. Apparently she got treated completely different.

They have just as much right to be there as the rich person. Anyways, as Jesus goes on to make the point that these rich people are the ones taking us to court and such. If we show favoritism, we are breaking the law of "love your neighbor as yourself" and it's a sin that you will be convicted of.

It's better to be merciful then to be cruel and uncaring because one day you will be judged without mercy for doing so.

Thank you Lord.

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