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Lesson 5: Love and the Law (James 2:1-13) — Several times, in connection with a church event, I recall conversations that shocked me. A couple of times I recall talking to church members who I did not know well, and they thanked me for talking to them. Why should they thank me, I asked? Because they felt a class difference between us. Once, a friend told me he was amazed I would be his friend because of the differences in our jobs. Another time, a medical doctor in church noted that we were both wearing suits, and suggested that those who did not were of lesser worth. I pointed out that we wore suits to work, and that might be the primary reason for what we wore to church. It was not a question of worth. There are other examples I could recite. Each time someone suggested that my education or my job made me more worth-while than someone else, I was either surprised or offended. James talks about this in our study today, but what he says (at least on the surface) offends me too. Let's dive into the Bible and have an honest discussion of "class" issues! More...

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