James 2:1 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?
example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy
clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and
dressed in dirty clothes.
3 If you give special
attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor
one, "You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor"—well,4 doesn't this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?
to me, dear brothers and sisters.
Hasn't God chosen the poor in this
world to be rich in faith?
Aren't they the ones who will inherit the
Kingdom he promised to those who love him?
6 But you dishonor the poor!
Isn't it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?
7 Aren't they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?
8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures:
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin.
You are guilty of breaking the law.
What is God's general attitude toward the poor?
And what is it about the rich?