Summary: Favoritism is more than foolish, it is sin.
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“Don’t Show Favoritism”
“Favoritism is more than foolish, it is sin.”
Sunday Morning Sermon
Intro: (Start with title and text)
Good morning. It is a blessing seeing each of you this morning.
You seem alive and awake this morning so I have a test for you. I want you to identify the objects when they come on the screen. (Advance after they name each of these)
(football) (Stroller) (Telephone)
(Birthday Cake) (roadblock)
I’ll give you $50 bucks if you can tell me what those images have in common. I’m just kidding. Sometimes when we see things – they are clear. All of those images were clear – no question. The last one – sometimes roadblocks in our lives aren’t the easiest to figure out. Even inside the church. We want the church to grow and move forward and be a blessing to our community and glorify God – but there are roadblocks.
The church that James is writing to has a possible roadblock. He gives them a warning – he’s giving us the same warning. He does this because he loves them and wants them to be everything they can be for the glory of God. It’s the same for us. From time to time we have to look at ourselves and see if we have possible roadblocks for growth, so we can fix and change them, for the glory of God.
Turn with me if you have your Bibles to James 2:1-13 (Read) (Advance)
He gives them three warnings – three things not to do.
I. Don’t Show Favoritism
He appeals to them as brothers – and as believers. We are all connected in the body of Christ, as brothers and sisters in Christ – Children of the most high God.
a. He tells them clearly –
i. DON’T SHOW FAVORTISM
b. He illustrates it
If you are having a meeting, and a man walks in wearing gold rings and fine clothes. And at the same time a man with shabby clothes, he’s unkept and dirty and he stinks.
c. You have to think about this
i. A rich man
1. Could boost the churches finances
2. He could donate a lot of stuff to the church
3. The preacher could be driving a hummer
The value of a rich man – way up there. We could make him a church leader, get him to feel responsible. He probably has influence in the city, he could make sure the police drive by more often to protect the property. Rich people are like roaches where there’s one, there’s probably a dozen – he probably has friends rich friends. Wow – what a blessing that would be to the church.
d. You have to think about the poor man too
i. The poor man
He stinks. His value is LOW. The preacher won’t be driving a hummer if we have poor people in the church – where’s the blessing in that? He wouldn’t add anything to the churches finances – he doesn’t have anything he could donate. We certainly wouldn’t put him in church leadership.
e. They need different seating too –
i. The stinky poor man should sit on the floor – the idea is that he would be out of the way – we might stand him up in the back.
ii. The rich man would have the best seat – maybe a Lazy-Boy Recliner