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Patience in Times of Injustice
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
We are continuing our study of the book of James. We keep in mind that James is a practical person and so he keeps coming back to the worldly things we tend to go after. We can't ever get enough of this reminder. Last week we learned that we should be asking God what it is He wants to get out of our lives and not what we want to get for our lives.
People were judging each other and trying to make themselves look better than other people. They were also planning and trying to get rich by going to other cities for a year or so and setting up a business to make money and then returning to their own city and bragging about it. James told them to stop leaving as arrogant people judging people and focusing on getting rich.
We ended with this verse,
James 4:17 (NASB95)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Many of us know what we should be doing. Many of us have listened to hundreds of sermons, teachings, and have experienced trials and testing in our lives that should bring us to a place where we are doing what God has told us to do.
So today in our text we are going to find James addressing a great injustice in the world. James was addressing the issue directly with the churches around the Gentile world.
I. Unjust Oppression
Before we focus on James chapter five I want to ask you by a show of hands, "how many of you have ever suffered unjustly?"
Have you ever been punished for something you didn't do? How about those people that do not care about anyone but themselves and will step on anyone to get what they want, have you had any of those types of people in your life?
Well guess what? You and I are not alone. Our Christian brothers and sisters where experiencing this kind of oppression from the rich in society. They were not only experiencing it from unbelievers ...
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