Week 51 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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James 2 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Sometimes I think we become programmed by the constant noise coming into our minds to react in a specific way toward one person or another. We make decisions about people based upon our senses, our experience and whatever wisdom we might have gained from those experiences. Sometimes, perhaps frequently, we are wrong. The obvious triggers in our decision making process throb with anticipation when we look at the way someone is dressed, the physical features they have, or the way they speak. Who we give our attention to and why would make enough books to fill a million libraries. But, here’s the thing, we have to realize that our measuring sticks, our perceptions are flawed in the extreme unless they are cleansed, purified, and re-oriented to see and perceive the way God does.
Perhaps if this happened more then we would see far less of the incessant gossip and tittle tattle that passes for news reporting today. Most of us frankly don’t care who took off how much of their clothing where, or why, or said what to whom about something that didn’t matter anyway. Perhaps if we began to treat them for their moral poverty the way we tend to treat the poor man in the scripture above they would come to the conclusion that NOBODY CARES! If all we do care about is the public humiliation of others, or the way that some very foolish people shame themselves every day it to our own impoverished spirits we must turn.