“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?”
Possibly one of the good outcomes of the pandemic that has forced us to meet virtually on Zoom, or whatever your customary videoconferencing service would be, is that on these platforms we are all reduced to being the same sized, similarly ordered, “tiles”. Yes, when we look at the screen in front of us we see a mosaic of our company or organization with each tile representing someone, but all fitting together equally. There is no jockeying for who will sit next to the boss. There isn’t any standing up and grandstanding around the room. There isn’t leaning over and whispering in someone else’s ear, distracting everyone to wonder what it is that is being said or causing the leader of the room to say, “If you have something to say, please say it out loud to everyone.” Much good and productivity has come from us each being equally sized tiles. A valid question is whether or not, when we return to real life, will we be able to keep the same equalized mosaic?
We are not to favor some people over others. James states it clearly. We can read the entire chapter to be put in our place about being prejudiced against others. Our actions speak louder than our words so if we are favoring others (or even one) over someone else in our work we run the risk of alienating others and losing our ground as it relates to sharing our faith authentically. It is human nature to favor some people over others and we must fight hard against that part of our brokenness. Take a moment today and assess where we might be over-sizing and under-sizing our attention to others and see if we can’t balance it out to one size for all.
Reference: James 2:1 (New Living Translation)
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