The Bible says, “My brethren have not the faith our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons …
FOR IF THERE COME UNTO YOUR ASSEMBLY A MAN WITH A GOLD RING, IN GOODLY APPAREL, AND THERE COME IN ALSO A POOR MAN IN VILE RAIMENT; AND YE HAVE RESPECT TO HIM THAT WEARETH THE GAY CLOTHING AND SAY UNTI HIM, SIT THOU HERE IN A GOOD PLACE; AND SAY TO THE POOR, STAND THOU THERE, OR SIT HERE UNDER MY FOOTSTOOL: ARE YE NOT THEN PARTIAL IN YOURSELVES AND ARE BECOME JUDGES OF EVIL THOUGHTS? ” (James 2:1-4)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
Without the LORD GOD, none of us would be here. There isn’t one person on or beneath this Earth who can say that “he created himself!” For sure, people have re-invented (but not created) themselves and others (from rags to riches…sanity to insanity…wealth to poverty…male to female…female to male…through cosmetic changes…or whatever the case).
Although James (writer of the Book of James) was the half-brother of JESUS, he was down to Earth and pushed the teachings of the LORD JESUS (who did not push hate crimes). In fact, James called us “brethren.” The LORD did not come to kill people or to judge because HE came to save the lost! And, JESUS did not and does not have respect of persons! If you are a believer or nonbeliever, the LORD JESUS loves you! If you ask for forgiveness, the LORD JESUS will forgive you as HE is full of love, mercy, and compassion. If you backslide, the LORD JESUS will restore you providing you repent and make an about face!
If James (and others like him) was an enforcer to local and foreign Governments, the World would be in better shape. I say enforcer because JESUS did not force His power on folk but Mankind compels obedience to the point of war, blood, destruction, and death! In fact, a rap group produced a song entitled, “Who Let the Dogs Out! that personifies the filthy spirits in this World (past, present, and future until Christ’s return). Mankind has destroyed the Earth and itself including the young and innocent! You know people can be forced to do things out of fear but they cannot made to live it in their hearts! People can trick you with their lips (saying I’m with you…I’ve got your back…) but their hearts and actions are far from you!
LET’S GO TO THE WORD:
(1) Are we partial to others? Yes! We flip backwards like the Blues Brothers when we see super stars and famous people! If Tom Cruise walked into McDonalds, people will leave their cars running (with the kids in the back seat) at the drive through to go inside just to look at Tom Cruise. Not only do we lose our minds over the rich and famous, we program ourselves to look like them. Who are they? Who told you to get a makeover like Madonna, Beyonce, or Tamara Braxton? Did the LORD GOD tell you to do it…did you read it somewhere in a magazine or on the internet? If GOD made you, then, HE made you to be you not something youse ain’t! Furthermore, GOD looks at the heart not the outward appearance! FYI: Mr. Cruise (like you and I) will be standing before the Great White Throne (in Judgment) to give an account to GOD for everything we said and did in this life!
(2) Are we overtaken with the material goods of others? Yes! We act like jack rabbits over designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, cars, trucks, boats, houses, cell phones, neighborhoods, and other status symbols. If a soul brother ain’t got no car, we discredit him; but if he’s got a gold-tooth in his mouth, wearing baggy designer trousers and cap, we say that he is hipped. If a white man (driving a BMW) comes into a black neighborhood, we automatically think he is rich but he may be driving a borrowed car. If a white woman pierces her tongue and nose, we say that she is hipped but she may not be what appearances portray!
OMG! If you go into a restaurant (high or low class) wearing fine clothing, furs, diamond rings, and gold jewelry, the waitress will seat you at the best table. The owners want to put the elite up front to draw in similar customers. Unfortunately, if you go into the restaurant looking like a bum or street person, the waitress will tell you that they have a dress code and the tables are full.
(3) Do material goods or accomplishments make us better people? Read on! We must use our heavenly gifts such as education, knowledge, wisdom, money, skills, talents and tools to equally help all people. If we do not help other people (white, black, red, or yellow) to improve their circumstances (such as education, food, medical, living conditions and in other areas), we are not Children of GOD! When we cherry pick people to help, then, we are not Children of GOD! When we push our own nationality into colleges, universities, and employment, we are not Children of GOD! When we feed, shelter, clothed only those we like (of certain races, gender, and color), we are not Children of GOD! WHY? “GOD IS LOVE” and “GOD has no RESPECT of PERSONS!”
Have a Blessed Day!