by Steve Wagers

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Everybody Is Somebody in His Body? (9 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
James 2:1-13
March 20, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. Favoritism Contradicts our Faith!
A. To What we Belong!
B. To Whom we Belong!
2. Favoritism Corrupts our Fellowship!
A. An Illustration of its Practice!
B. A Condemnation of its Presence!
3. Favoritism Cripples our Future!
A. How Sinful It Is!
B. How Serious It Is!

* There's a wonderful story about a Chicago bank that once asked for a letter of recommendation on a young Bostonian being considered for employment. The Boston investment house could not say enough about the young man. His father, they wrote, was a Cabot; his mother was a Lowed. Further back was a happy blend of Saltonstalls, Peabodys, and other of Boston's first families. His recommendation was given without hesitation.

* Several days later, the Chicago bank sent a note saying the information supplied was altogether inadequate. It read: "We are not contemplating using the young man for breeding purposes. Just for work."

* The EEOC has recently updated, and revised it statement concerning discrimination. It states:
"Employment Discrimination laws seek to prevent discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, and age by employers. There is also a growing body of law preventing or occasionally justifying employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Discriminatory practices include bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, compensation, and various types of harassment. The main body of employment discrimination laws is composed of federal and state statutes. The United States Constitution and some state constitutions provide additional protection where the employer is a governmental body or the government has taken significant steps to foster the discriminatory practice of the employer."

* The "race card" is a frequently heard term in our soci ...

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