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rich vs poor

October 24, 2016

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, ‘Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!’ and either ignore the street person or say, ‘Better sit here in the back row,’ haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted?” – James 2:1-4, The Message.

This is an ouch! portion of scripture for me.  Too many times I have been snubbed by the seemingly wealthy because I did not have clothes that pleased them.  I am at fault because I tend to snub the well-dressed individual because I see them as trying to dress to impress.  So I, too need to read this again.

Both the rich person and the one dressed in rags are equally loved by our Creator.  What is good to keep in mind is that the one wearing expensive clothes might be suffocating in debt for the image they portray.  They may have just lost all their money plus be unemployed.  On the other hand, the poorly-dressed person could be extremely wealthy.  The bottom line is that we’re not to judge them.  Father, please give me the ability to see all of life through Your eyes.


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