Show No Partiality — James 2:1-10
Recently, our denomination has reviewed its history and its current practices regarding the sin of partiality rooted in racism. It is no secret that not only the American church in general but many of the churches within our own denomination do not have a squeaky clean record when it comes to the way we have treated others. In this passage in James, there is simply no doubt how we are to treat people from different socio-economic backgrounds. But the wider application stands – no matter what people look like or what their background is, we should not show favoritism based on outward appearances or living conditions.
The sin of partiality is no sin to sneeze at. It breaks God’s law and brings real guilt. It also brings dishonor to others, attempts to soil their reputation, and fails to fulfill the “royal” command to love your neighbor as yourself. We all need to look at hearts and review our actions. Are we partial to our own race or background such that we offend others in racist attitudes or motivations? These sins, too, once confessed, can be forgiven!