Recently I read a marvelous book titled “Father, Son, & Co” by the son of the founder of IBM, Thomas Watson, Sr. This book was especially interesting to me as I spent 10 years with IBM just before the first PC was created and the whole IT industry was really starting to heat up.
During the time that I was working at IBM in the trenches, with no perspective on the really big issues, Tom Jr. was going through the struggle of generational succession at the same time as the world was in technological tumult. The world was changing. His job was to lead “Big Blue” through those changes.
The first century AD was also a tumultuous time for God’s people. He had a new contract with humanity and he raised up tremendous leadership to lead them through. Men like Peter, Paul and Barnabas, John, and James. In that group, James would emerge as the one colleague that had special qualities that engendered trust. He would earn the reputation as James the Just. We trust men who have utmost integrity and a sense of fairness, of justice. His epistle reflects these qualities.
Last week, Pastor Ewan pointed out how passionate James is about this need for fairness, for justice in a world of discrimination and favoritism toward privileged people. Ironically, those who already have an advantage in this world are given more advantage!
So, this week, James will address another issue: We are people whom God has given the privilege of knowing him personally by his grace alone, by faith alone. James makes it clear . . . That faith is never alone!
Our text is James 2:14-26.
Please say a prayer for me as I prepare to bring the sermon this Sunday, November 12.