James 5:1-6…1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. ….. Trouble is on the way.
2 Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3a Your gold and your silver have rusted; …..The riches will vanish.
3b and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. …..Judgment is coming for sure
5 You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter….. Misused riches erode the roots of your heart.
3c It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! …… The loss of an opportunity to use wealth for evangelism, Discipleship, and to help the poor in what may be the last days before Jesus returns..
4 Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. …… By fraud the poor were robbed. An example today may be the workers in distribution centers who have strict work rules and relatively low pay. This benefits the users, think Amazon.
6 You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you. …..The system today may be set up to control the poor rather than to help them be upwardly mobile out of poverty.