Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
In this brief text, James jumps to a subject that will keep cropping up in this letter: Rich and Poor. James takes an approach to this subject that is very much in line with that of Jesus, and is quite different from the one most have today, for James sees material wealth as a snare.
Have you ever seen a TV show called “The Edwardian Country House”? In my history geek view, it is the best “reality” show of all time. A bunch of…
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