My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 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, 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,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 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? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
by: Benny Uhlich.
As a sinner, I often feel unworthy of the gifts that God has given me. It is God’s mercy and grace that have given me a spot in the Kingdom of Heaven. Despite my past, my appearance, or my financial status, God still chose me. As the Church, we must keep this in mind as we relate to others. To treat someone as less because they are not dressed properly, or they are not wealthy, or come from the wrong side of town is not only insulting to the individual being judged, but it also reflects poorly on our Lord, as that is not His nature. As the body of Christ, the Church must be welcoming and loving to all who walk through our doors seeking our Savior.