Daily Devotional

Today’s Scripture Reading

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?  James 2:1-4 (New Revised Standard Version)

Many churches say that they are called to help the poor. Usually that means collecting non-perishable food for a food pantry. Sometimes it means advocating policies and laws that will help the poor with access to housing, food, medical care, and voting.  How about in the church? When I was a kid, I went to church weekly, and Mom and Dad would make sure we were dressed up. At that age, I never thought to ask, “What about the people who can’t afford such dress clothes?” I’d like to think that everyone would be happy a poor person would be present at all in worship, but looking back on it I’m not so sure the poor person wouldn’t be judged, or might even hesitate to come to church at all because of their expectation of being looked down on by the members. We can do better. Amen.

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