Don’t Play Favorites! – Part 4
“…Is it not the rich who are exploiting you…?” (James 2:6 NIV)
James asks the believers of his time, “Why are you making a big deal about the rich, anyway? They’re the ones giving you a hard time!” This doesn’t mean, of course, that any well-to-do person is anti-Christ, but we have to admit that many times it’s the rich and powerful institutions and icons of our day, such as the media and those who control the media, who are the most hostile to Christians, celebrating any ungodly thing that comes up while putting down Christianity. And it is said that the percentage of atheists now teaching in universities is higher than the percentage of atheists in society as a whole! Imagine that: educated, affluent people in positions of authority, poisoning young people’s minds!
But God has chosen the poor, James says. No wonder Jesus noticed the woman who put two copper coins into the offering basket, pointing to the fact that, unlike the others, she had put in all she had (Mark 12:41-44). That’s why we have to realize that this idea of just “Confess the house…” or “Claim the Mercedes…” is all nonsense. Don’t believe in that! Believe in God! If Christianity always translated into an easy life, why was the apostle Paul in prison? How in the world are we going to face brothers and sisters in heaven with that foolishness when there are so many all over the world who are losing their livelihoods and who are in danger of even losing their lives for being Christians?
Sometimes being a Christian means that you suffer; but God’s Word says that if we suffer, we will also reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12). The payoff from God does not always come on this earth, but for sure there is going to be a reward. So if you’re in the position of not having much in terms of this world’s goods, lift up your head and be encouraged. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!
To be continued…
Read James 2:5-7.