James 2. In our beautiful country it is convenient to go with the flow of worldly and corrosive thinking that values a person based on their appearance, race, gender, education or status. What are your hurried thoughts when you see a questionable person approaching your car at a traffic light? And what about when someone “interesting” comes to church? Or maybe sits in your seat? How charitable are your thoughts?
Discrimination, neglect or abuse of any person contradicts and even assaults the ministry and character of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He loved, served and died for everyone. Even His enemies.
Our Lord Jesus commands us to love our neighbour as ourselves and to treat others as we want to be treated. No exceptions.
Favouritism of the rich is obviously with an ulterior motive. In contrast, if we treat the lowly with dignity we enter into the joy of our Lord because that’s how He has gladly treated us with kindness in our brokenness.
If we have saving faith in Christ, James encourages us it show it with good works. And Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Do you like happy endings? I do. And here is the joyful ending of this true drama:
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”‘ (Matthew 25:40)