We so easily slip into the world’s ways of thinking, don’t we?
In 2:1-13 James addresses the issue of partiality based on the world’s criteria of success – in this case, wealth. Do we think more highly of those in our churches who have plenty of money, than we do of those who have very little? (V1-3)
James says that, in doing so, we set ourselves up as judges (V4), we ignore the fact that God often chooses those who are least important in the world’s eyes (V5), and we commit sin (V9).
James’ response to partiality, then, is the reminder that we are all equal before God’s judgement: guilty, but saved by mercy. And so we show mercy to others.