Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right.
Another place in the Bible (the Beatitudes) it says Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. James is re-enforcing those words here. The rich have exploited the poor before Jesus’ times and continue to do so today. Many places in the Bible tell us to focus on helping the poor rather than praising wealth. Will we as Christians ever really learn that lesson?