James 2:1–7 (ESV)
The Sin of Partiality
2 My brothers, show
no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears
the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil
thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress
you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
I think we have all been guilty of this sin at one point or another. Jesus’
example is showing a rich man and a poor man. There are people you are usually comfortable with and there are those that you are not. If you are rich, you tend to get along with middle income to rich. If you are poor, you tend to get along
with poor to middle income. But while we are talking about partiality, let’s talk about skin color! Why is it that most Lutheran Churches are white, or almost all white (including my church). There are few blended churches, but I get
a great feeling when I have been in a well blended church. If we share the Gospel with those in the community, then your church attendance should reflect the ethnic balance of the community. But even in the Christian community, much work needs
to be done in tearing down racial walls when it comes to church. Heaven will be filled with people of all colors. What I speaking about is true for white churches and black churches. Sunday morning is often the most segregated hour of the
week. We all can do a better job.
I pray: O Lord, help us to reach out to all people, rich and poor, and people of all colors. Help us in dealing with the sin of partiality. Help us
to love all people. Amen.