This Sunday, we'll be continuing our series on The Book of James, entitled "We Walk in Wisdom." We're spending the summer looking at what the brother of Jesus has to say about wisdom. And this week we'll be looking at James 2:1-13 on the "Wisdom for Prejudice." Now, we don't need wisdom on being prejudiced, but we do need wisdom on how to handle prejudice when it shows up. Now, James isn't talking about the hard, intentional racism of the Klan (though I'm sure he would forcefully condemn it), but the soft, unintentional prejudice of favoring one type of a person over another. Some versions call it partiality, others say favoritism, and most of us would agree that it's wrong ... and yet, it happens all the time. We like Person A more than Person B because Person A looks better, talks better, is funnier, agrees with me, or just likes me more. And we make these choices without even having to think about it. And James is telling us to be careful, because "if you show partiality, you are committing sin."
You may have figured out by now that James tends to speak directly. We may not like to have that particular sin pointed out, but it does force us to deal with the issue. And so, that's what we're going to try to do this week. And we'll need lots of wisdom to handle it wisely Should be interesting. See you Sunday, Dr. Dave
PS - Big thanks to everyone who helped make the picnic last Sunday a success. It was nice to have the breeze to keep the heat from being too stifling. And thanks again for your flexibility with the Sunday School and Children's Church rooms as we navigate our way through Harper Park's renovation this summer.