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Hey! Welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Yesterday, we looked at the test that God sends us of showing favoritism. James makes it clear in Chapter 2 verse 1 that this is a sin. And then he gave us the illustration of a rich man and poor man coming into a church service.
Verses 3 and 4 from chapter 2 tells us how to fail this test.
James 2:3 says, “If 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,”
Now the Greek word here for special attention is to regard with favor. Clearly the usher shows favor towards the rich man by giving him the seat of honor up front. And the poor man is told to stand in a place where he can’t be seen or he can sit on the cold, hard floor.
James says this is social discrimination, and that two sins are taking place. You’re judging a person’s worth based on outward appearances, and then treating one differently at the expense of another.
James, in verse 4 says that our behavior to treat some people better than others comes from our evil motives. “Have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”
So what were the evil thoughts that James talks about here that cause us to judge based on outward appearances. Scholars speculate that it’s probably the exact same thoughts that we still have today. Our society tends to treat people of wealth better in the hopes that they will return the favor.
Now, if we keep this in context, we need to remember that this is a test of the purity of your faith. If we are to be imitators of Christ, and Christ didn’t show favoritism, then neither should we. And that’s The Simple Truth.
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