When men meet other men, usually the very first question we ask is, “What do you do?” meaning where you work and what position you have at your job. Intuitively, we want to know their status. Following on from that, we frequently start treating each other and grouping with one another based on how the question is answered. In our world system, favoritism is determined by our ranking.
In James 2:1-9, the half-brother of Jesus tells us straightforwardly what His brother thinks of our methodology of ranking and positioning each other:
“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?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin.”
James was blunt. Jesus could not stand favoritism.
Favor of others by their status and appearance is all about this world not the next. Treatment of others by their worldly ranking is spiritual sickness to God.
Don’t play favorites! Enough said…