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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/03/2017

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No Playing Favorites


"My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism" (Jas.2:1).

Did you grow up hearing the term, "teacher's pet?" If you were in a family with several siblings, did you think that one brother or sister got preferential treatment? I am sure that as parents, we did all within our powers to see that we treated all of our children equally. I used these examples because showing favoritism seems to have been a problem within various segments of society forever. Just to make the point clear, it has always been a problem that has been addressed in the scriptures... Check this out from the book of Exodus; "You shall not show partiality (favoritism) to a poor man in his dispute" (23:3) A few verses later this is written; "You shall not pervert the justice to your needy brother in his dispute" (Vs 6). The Mosaic Law insisted that justice be blind and that there be no favoritism when a judge settled a dispute between a rich man and a poor man. Unfortunately, judges were sometimes less honest, as they were prone to take bribes from those who could afford to offer them.. Those folks were always the rich ones... As we come into the Christian age, the gospel often attracted the poor, helpless people who many times lived on the margins of society. Within this framework, James devotes the 1st thirteen (13) verses of chapter two (2) to this very topic. Large numbers of Christians were poor, making them more vulnerable, so the problem had to be faced. There is also a certain amount of irony in all of this.... It wasn't just all about the rich who took advantage of the poor, but the poor showing deference to the rich. James saw this as unreasonable..."Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes walks in. 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,' have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?" (2:3-4). For a few days, we will look at how favoritism sometimes rears its ugly head. Hopefully, we will see that there is no space for favoritism in the Lord's church....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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