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Do Not Mix Snobbery with Faith

In this age of politics, if a representative does not hold a liberal or progressive view, these individuals are immediately called and labeled racists by the mainstream media. Meanwhile, the political leaders doing the name calling have stopped serving the people they claim to represent by paying homage to campaign donors and lobbyists. One of the only things worse than this is mixing snobbery with faith.

My brethren, pay no servile regard to people [show no prejudice, no partiality]. Do not [attempt to] hold and practice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory [together with snobbery]! – James 2:1

Jesus is painfully honest of his expectations for Christians in Matthew 5:43-48. Yet, as I study the Bible, I find Jesus more frustrated by religious leaders than anyone else. Sure, there is plenty of blame to pass around as everyone has failed to live up to God’s standards, Romans 3:9-12. Nonetheless, Jesus was irritated by religious zealots who confused religion with faith, Mark 2:25-27.

For if a person comes into your congregation whose hands are adorned with gold rings and who is wearing splendid apparel, and also a poor [man] in shabby clothes comes in, And you pay special attention to the one who wears the splendid clothes and say to him, Sit here in this preferable seat! while you tell the poor [man], Stand there! or, Sit there on the floor at my feet! – James 2:2-3.

The book definition of snob is a person with an exaggerated respect for high social positions or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class. The earthly brother of Jesus points out discrimination that was occurring in first century churches. The wealthy were given preferential treatment while the poor became social outcasts. When the concept of loving all your neighbors is absent, modern-day Christians mix snobbery with faith. Listen, learn and love!

by Jay Mankus

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