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07/04/2017

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Choosing To Be Impartial


"Listen, my 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?" (Jas.2:5).

As we continue with this theme of partiality and favoritism, the words of James echo those of Peter and Paul. Peter, when he was at the home of Cornelius said and wrote this; "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism." (Acts 10:34). Paul said essentially the same thing in his letter to the Romans with this statement; "For God does not show favoritism" (1:11). It would seem that Peter and Paul's writings were about ethnic (Jew/Gentile) partiality, while James' is based upon the amount of money that one possessed.... It was sad to note that James felt the need to write what he did, because though most of his readers were poor, they favored the rich. They deferred to them, gave them the best seats in their assemblies, and admired their fines clothes. As far as James could see, his Jewish Christians were acting irrationally. One of the traits that I admired about my parents was their impartiality when it came to race or national origin. I remember that in the 50s and 60s, my mom would drive many miles out of her way to pick up Spanish families for church services. My dad always talked favorably about our wealthy family doctor, and when he visited with him, they would go out in the garden and chat for a time like they were old buddies.... If the poor in James' churches expected favors from the rich, just because they were rich, they were "judges with evil thoughts..." (2:4). The poor need to consider that God had chosen them to be rich in faith. If the rich exploited the poor by dragging them into courts, are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of Him to whom all Christians belong? (Vs 7) For Christians to show favoritism or partiality on any level, especially riches, is to choose the honor of man over the honor of God. The choice to be impartial is ours...

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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