Re:Verse passage – James 2:1-13 (day six)
…if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. James 2:9
Pastor James clearly teaches that prejudice is a big deal, even if, for all appearances, we have everything else put together.
Crystal clear creek water can still be poisonous if a dead animal is stuck somewhere upstream. Or even the smallest bit of leaven effects the whole loaf. In the same way, it doesn’t matter how squeaky clean we appear to be if prejudice is lodged in the tributaries of our heart.
Here’s the thing, it is easy for us to minimize prejudice when we invest most of our time with people just like us. We can even dismiss it, “Oh, I’m not prejudice; we don’t live in a prejudicial society anymore.” When the reality is, we don’t see it because we avoid it, insulate it or compartmentalize it.
James will not let us get away with that. He says, root it out, no matter how small, or how little space it occupies on the often overlooked storage spaces of your life. We can’t afford not to.