My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1
1. Polluted Faith
How can we claim to have faith in the Lord of Glory when we discriminate and show favoritism? The faith that we claim to believe is available to everyone. Does Jesus withhold his salvation from anyone? Is He a respecter of persons? A corrupt attitude toward others doesn’t reflect Jesus Christ. Jesus treated everyone with love, dignity, and respect. Looking down on others is sinful behavior.
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? James 2:4
2. Unfair Judgment
I/We discriminate by making distinctions, by categorizing people. What does it take for me/us to form evil thoughts and judgments about others? Do I/we judge others when they cut us off in traffic, arrive late to church, dress differently, think differently, or act a little strange. Are we warranted to cast people aside and judge them because of personality differences, idiosyncrasies, or social awkwardness? Do I/we prefer those who are charming, well-dressed, more successful, or hold respectable positions? We are incapable of making judgments; we are not the standard. We make distinctions according to unjust and unfair assessments and corrupt opinions that we have formed ourselves. The evil thoughts are in me/us, those who judge. The evil thoughts that I/we have about others are the judgments that I/we make. Being judgmental doesn’t require me/us to vocally express our opinions. Internally I/we judge others behind a superficial smile. Our judgment violates the principle of esteeming others better than ourselves
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3
Judgment involves strife and vainglory. Strife and vainglory involves pride and empty boasting. Strife and vainglory involves lifting ourselves up while simultaneously tearing others down.
Father, deliver us from the desire to be important. Deliver us from our selfish desires. Help us to see people as you do. Help us to value others because they are your creation and they are created in your image, and because you love them and sacrificed for them.