You Can Tell A Man's Character By The Way He Treats Those Who Can Do Nothing For Him
By David J. Stewart | January 2014
James 2:1-3, “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool.”
We are Biblically commanded as believers to treat everyone equally—whether rich or poor, famous or unknown, black or white, familiar or a stranger, et cetera. God is no respecter of persons. Romans 2:11, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat the poor, the homeless and less fortunate, the physically challenged and the rejects of society. Some people will smile in your face and be nice to you if they think they stand to gain money, a sale, a position or your favor in a matter; but then that same person will treat others who are less affluent and elite like garbage.
The Bible teaches that it is the wealthy, famous and elite who drag us to court, afflict us financially, raise our taxes, steal from us on paper and make money through their evil, greedy and crooked systems...
James 2:5-9, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”
Doctors, lawyers, politicians, judges, CEO's, bankers, realtors and other people of wealth and affluence generally associate within their own upper-class circles of society, treating one another with respect; yet that same group often mistreats, looks down upon, exploit and bilk people for their money. The Bible teaches that it is the rich who persecute the poor and working man.
James 5:1-2, “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”
As Christians we are commanded by God to TREAT everyone with love, respect, kindness and a desire to lead them to Jesus as the Christ with the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16). God has chosen the poor of this world rich in faith. Most rich people already have a form of their own heaven on earth, being satisfied and content with their assessed riches. That's why Hollywood pumps out the wicked movies, one after another, using a pool of thousands of sex perverted actors, because they all live extravagantly and want to stay rich at all cost, even if it means getting sinfully naked and filming adulterous sex scenes, or homosexual acts for the big movie screen. Americans can't seem to get enough of the raunchiness, perversion and violence these days from Hollywood. The Bible warns that God ponders every thought in our minds, whether good or evil (Proverbs 24:12; Psalms 139:1-5; Hebrews 4:13).
God knows everything that we think, say and do 24 hours a day, all 86,400 seconds of each and every day...
Psalms 139:1-6, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”
God is a good God; blessed be the name of the Lord!