James 2:9b “But if you show partiality, you commit sin…”
How do you dress for Church?
One Sunday morning the congregation of a ritzy church (with
vaulted ceilings, oak pews, stained glass windows and deep plush carpet)
had a stir.
A man came in just minutes before the service was to begin and
he was dressed horribly, was stinking, had on old boots, torn overalls,
a dirty flannel shirt, and a dusty cowboy hat.
The congregation was aghast! Many quickly sent notes to the
minister about this concern. At the end of the services the minister
greeted the humbly dressed man and asked him if he enjoyed the service.
The man exclaimed that he enjoyed it very much. The minister asked the
man to consider possibly dressing differently, and taking a shower, &
told him to pray to Jesus about how he would have him dress if he should
The next week the man returned. He was dressed the same and once
again the congregation was disturbed. At the end of the service the
minister greeted he man again and asked him what he had been told by
Jesus concerning his how to dress for church?
The man exclaimed. “I spoke with Jesus about this, but Jesus
said he didn’t know how I should dress for “this church” because He has
never been allowed in there.
James 2:1-4, 9 “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come
into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there
should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention
to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, ‘You sit here in a
good place,’ and say to the poor man, ‘You stand here,’ or, ‘Sit here at
my footstool, have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and
become judges with evil thoughts. But if you show partiality, you commit sin…”