Favoritism…..we may all have to deal or have dealt with it. Many of us call ourselves Christians. Many of us go to church. And ALL of us know better to indulge in such character. Yet we do it anyway. We indulge in favoritism because of race, looks, intelligence and sometimes, just to be noticed by others. What does God say about favoritism? James 2:1 says, “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.” How much more clear can that get? Favoritism takes place in frieñdships, the workplace ànd in families. It can take place in any atmosphere. Favoritism shows our lack of respect for another. It shows our lack of concern for another. It can result in feelings of bitterness, jealousy and hatred. God warns about showing favoritism. “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers”(James 2:8-9). Favoritism is not designed in God’s will for our lives. No one should possess such character and no one should be the victim of such character. But it happens. It’s happening now. Everywhere. In every kind of atmosphere. We must all grow in grace and knowledge by treating others fairly and loving them with “Godly” love. No one deserves to be treated in such a way that they don’t belong or that they are not good enough. God doesn’t show favoritism to us so why should we do it to others? -S.L.M.