Fruit for thought – Favoritism in the Church

James 2:1 – “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” -KJV

James, brother of Jesus, does not just say to have respect for a certain group of people, but to respect all people. In other words, do not show favoritism to one person(s) over another. Favoritism defined is showing or practicing preferential treatment to one single person or a group of persons, at the expense of another group of persons. Therefore, if we are to love everyone as our neighbor, which is commanded of us by Jesus, why do we boast our own very opinions over the ones that God inspired to write the scriptures?

How about trying this: Before formulating this self-proclaiming opinion, humbly offer your thoughts to God and see what the scriptures say about them. Assuredly, if God deemed man able to write the scriptures (which He did) then God’s inspired words are far above any thoughts that we may ever experience.

We must throw away this notion that there is a perfect Church and our Church is the perfect Church, because the perfect Church does not exist and it never will as long as the world is sinner-filled. This is often where favoritism is most prevalent, due to the nature of the competitive environment that Church often sadly partakes in.

James 2:4 – “Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” -KJV

I’ll end with this question, are your thoughts and perceptions partial to your own being, so much so that it’s at the expense of another person or group of people?

The Son of God will never support self-righteousness, not now and not ever. Keep your eyes on the thoughts of Christ and the scriptures, they are much more worthy than the thoughts of our own being.

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