“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?” James 2:1-4
I dislike politics. This is what James is talking about in this scripture. Politics is showing favor to someone just because of who they are. I know that politics can be important in business. Sometimes it is not what you know but who you know, but as disciples of Jesus Christ there is no room for politics. There is no room for treating any one person different than the other. It really does not matter how they dress or how much money they have. Everyone is equal, not just in the church, but in all areas of our lives. “If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” (1 John 4:20) We cannot love God unless we can love others. The real test is when two people come into church, one is rich and dressed well and the other is poor and does not have on the proper dress. Do you treat them the same? The way we behave toward people indicates what you really believe about God. We see this problem happening in our churches. The church has its cliques, and new Christians find it difficult to get in. This should never happen in any church.
“Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.” (Matthew 22:16) Jesus did not look at the outward appearance; He looked at the heart. He was not impressed with riches or social status. Jesus was the friend of sinners, though He disapproved of their sins. It was not compromise, but compassion, that caused Him to welcome them, and when they trusted Him, forgave them.