Do Haters really have to Hate?

James 2: 1-10:  Everyday, there is a new protest “Black lives Matter”.  This is a rather disappointing twist in the world. It had absolutely nothing to do with one race, or ones sexual orientation, or whether someone is a convict or whatever is used to distinguish one person from another. In the eyes of the Lord; this makes no difference. In this passage James warns about showing favoritism, we call it prejudice. We should not choose to whom we show Jesus. Instead we are to trust the Holy Spirit to guide us to those people we are to help. We are called to share God with the world. Mark 16: 15: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. If you remember the woman at the well was a “cursed Samaritan”.  Someone who according to Jewish law, Note this says Jewish law, not God’s law, Jesus should not have spoken to her. Yet he did. Samaritans were considered unclean. Jesus should have not even entered this village, yet he did, he went towards the village. There were other ways to get to His destination.  It is the story of the Good Samaritan for a reason.  It was the Samaritan who helped a stranger who was injured on the side of the road.  What I am asking if you are supporting one of these hate groups, no matter what hate group it is, I am asking that you step back and think about how God perceives these groups. Reading James; and studying Jesus’ behavior, we can see that these groups are not Biblical. They promote prejudice and hate. I am sure we can all agree that Hate is the opposite of God.

1My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

 

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