Don’t judge a book by its cover

Reading: James 2:1-13

Key Verse: James 2:8-13 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself,’ you are doing right. 9 But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as law-breakers.

Living in the West human rights is taken for granted. We may be tempted to think of human rights as just common sense. But throughout history and now throughout the world it is not so.

The Bible does not speak of human rights per se, but speaks of all humans having the same dignity which is found in the fact that we are all, although fallen and damaged, made in the image of God our Creator.

As fallen humans we naturally discriminate for people in our own group and against those in other groups. But as children of God, we are to welcome and befriend people regardless of outward appearance. When a person becomes a Christian we join a family where we are all one in Christ Jesus. There is no division between, rich/poor, educated/uneducated, cultured/uncultured – where the highly educated and paid surgeon can have fellowship with a bin man.

The Christian is to discriminate between truth and lies, but not what we cannot the see the motivations of a persons heart. If we are not to judge a person’s motivations behind an action, because we cannot see a person’s heart, how much worse is it to judge a person not even on actions but on just mere appearance.

Sermon Points:
A: Problem v1-4
B: Solution
– 1: Gospel v5-7
– 2: Character of God v8-13
– 2.1 The problem here is a lack of love
– 2.2 We can not pick and choose between commandments

Series: James

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 23 November 2014

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