In James 2:1-4, James talking about the partiality by outward appearance. Yes, in here James tell us if the wealth of someone can to determine: is he would getting the special response or badly response? Today, I want to bring us to see wider again about the partiality, not just in rich or poor problems.
Let us see the verse 4 : “bukankah kamu telah membuat pembedaan di dalam hatimu dan bertindak sebagai hakim dengan pikiran yang jahat?”. It’s mean, there are some of parameters to decide someone as our sesame or not! If she is a rich person, have the many of money, gold rings, and fine clothes, therefore, she is our sesame. But if she is a poor person with the dirty clothes, we judges her as not our sesame. More than it, if he is clever, he is our sesame. He is handsome, she is beautiful, so they are our sesame too. And the other of parameters. In the out of thats parameters, we wouldn’t care with them and we never look on them as our sesame.
There is no sin in being rich. There is no sin in being poor. There is no sin in being smart person, or handsome man, and other. But the sin is in the partiality. The sin is in the behavior of making the sesame’s parameters. In our text today, James highlights us about the behaviors of making the parameters of who we deem as acceptable and who we consider as sesame based upon worldly things, power, and social status. James remind us of favoritism, partiality, and the disregard of other.
We can’t disown if the “sesame’s parameters” is a reality in our daily life, may be in the hostels, boarding house, college, church, family, and also in the society in around of us. We making the partiality based the social status, etnic, intellectual, talent, worldy things, and the outward appearances. The example : he better than you, cause he is handsome! You are not really clever, so I just want to be XX friend! B is so rich, i think i must make a special relationship with him. And the other example. With this parameters, we can to see if there are limited meaning of the word “sesame”. The sesame just the people which have the some of parameters.
We are making the sesame’s parameters to answer the question : “Who is my sesame?” But with our own sesame’s parameters, we making the partiality and also the discriminations with the people around of us. It’s our chalengge in this place to not making the some of parameters to categoried “who is my sesame” and “who is not”.
Why? Let us see the verse 1. Translated of New Revised Standard version is more clearly than LAI translated : “do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?” its meaning “apakah kamu dengan sikap pilih kasihmu benar-benar percaya kepada Tuhan Yesus Kristus?”. It clearly tell us if be someone confess or claim if he have the faith, but in the fact, he still making the some of sesame’s parameters and partiality to his sesames, so he undecent to claim have the faith.
James is always concerned with the connection between faith and works, between belief and action. This is no exception, for James ties faith and action together again with his opening questions in verse 1 is very important. Loving our sesame is the way to live our belief in Christ. From james perspective, he directs us to understand that discrimination, the partiality, and the sesame’s parameters is not consistent with the Christian faith. He remind us that when we discriminate, we sin.
We can’t and undecent to claim we have the faith to Jesus Christ, if we still making the partiality and still have the sesame’s parameters to our sesames. Jesus Christ teach us to love our sesame as we love our self, it’s mean, if we still making the partiality, we deny our confess. So, brethen, If you claim to love God you must love your sesame. Otherwise, you are a liar, and you do not love God.
Now, I ask you to see the person which sitting in your side. He is or she is your sesame. Not just him or her, but every person in this room is your sesame. But our sesames are not just inside these room. When we walk out from this chapel, we’ll meet the other people, they also our sesames! And we called to love them as our selves. Do you love your self? Let’s try to love the people around of us, in this college, in your hostels, in your boarding house, in church, in your family, and in the society around of us. Let’s breaking our sesame’s parameters today and starting to living without the unnecessary parameters and inessensial partiality with the people around of us!
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, and the strength of His power will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ. Amin.