Bible: James 2:1-8
Prejudice and the Law of Love
2:1 My brothers and sisters, 1 do not show prejudice 2 if you possess faith 3 in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. 4 2:2 For if someone 5 comes into your assembly 6 wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, 2:3 do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, 7 “You sit here in a good place,” 8 and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”? 9 2:4 If so, have you not made distinctions 10 among yourselves and become judges with evil motives? 11 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! 12 Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? 2:6 But you have dishonored the poor! 13 Are not the rich oppressing you and dragging you into the courts? 2:7 Do they not blaspheme the good name of the one you belong to? 14 2:8 But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, 15 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” 16 you are doing well.