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The teachings of James on impartiality

James Madison, Dolly Madison, President

According to James, Christians should do away with partiality as they hold on to the faith of Jesus Christ. 

James admonished the people to show equal attention to the rich and to the poor among them. For example, he said if any rich man comes to the church he/she must not be accorded more attention than he deserves and the same not shown to the poor who comes to the same church.
According to James, if anybody fails to demonstrate the the virtue of impartiality, that person makes a distinction among them and has become a judge with evil agenda.

James reminded the people that God has chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom that has been promised to those who love him.

He recalled how the rich maltreat the poor in many ways, for example, how the rich oppress the poor and drag them to court.

He drew the attention of the people to the royal law which states that one should love his neighbour as himself.

He told them that partiality is sinful.

To James, anybody who observes the whole law but fails in one is guilty of breaking all the law. For example, God says there should be no adultery and also says thou shall not kill. If therefore, you do not commit adultery but you kill, it means you have broken all the other laws.

James appealed to the leaders to speak and also act like those who going to be judged under the law.

Finally, he said judgment is without mercy to those who do not show mercy, yet mercy triumphs over judgment.

1. a. How did James deal with the problem of impartiality in the church?
    b. In which two ways does the church short of the standard which James recommended?
2. a. What did James teach on partiality?
    b. Identify two effects of partiality in society?

1. It brings about disunity in the church.
2. It retards the prayers of the church.
3. Some people feel unwelcome in the church so they just leave the church.
4. It brings about the division in the church. Some members break away.
5. Grumbling and complaints may prevent the church from realizing some of its goals.
6. Discrimination can lead to apathy, where some members are not committed to some church programmes.
7. It can make the work of church leaders very difficult. They are not able to get the full commitment of some church members.
8. It does not make create the best environment for the talents of the church members to be optimally utilized.
9. It creates discord in the church and society.

1. It is common to see the rich given special seats in some churches.
2. Mostly, the rich are made to chair fund-raising functions in the church.
3. Election of some prominent positions in the church goes along tribal lines.
4. Funerals of the rich are often well patronized by the church, but this is not always the case for the poor.
5. Appointment to positions in the church today is not always based on merit.
6. Allocation of seats in the church during special occasions is not based on morality but how much one can contribute to the church coffers.
7. The financial contribution of the poor in the church is not recognized as that of the rich.

1. One of the ways of fighting against it are by speaking out against it in whatever form it manifests.
2. Another way of fighting partiality is by using the mass media and social media to launch a protest against it.
3. Thirdly, all Christians must manifest impartiality in their daily lives as a way of promoting or fighting against it.

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