The grace of God – James 2:5-7…5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
V.5 Consider these statements by Jesus “He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18). “The poor have good news preached to them” (Matthew 11:5). “Blessed are you poor; for yours is the Kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20). The message of Jesus was that those who mattered to no one else mattered intensely to God. By His grace, God chose the foolish and weak things of this world in order to shame the wise and powerful. 1 Corinthians. 1:23-31
Jesus and the Church did not ignore the great, rich, wise, and mighty. But the gospel offered so much to the poor and demanded so much from the rich, that it was mostly the poor who believed in Jesus.
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?
V.6 In the society of James time the rich oppressed the poor. They dragged them to the law-courts for debt. It is not riches that James is condemning; it is the conduct of riches without sympathy.
7 Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
V.7 It is the rich and elites who abuse the name by which Christians are called. The first-century rich had many reasons for insulting the name Christian. A slave who became a Christian would have a new independence; a new honesty. That would make him a better slave, but it would also mean he could no longer be his master’s instrument in sharp practices and petty dishonesty as once he might have been.
How wrong it is, to honor the rich and dishonor the poor that Jesus honors!