My wife and I just returned from a week in Maui. The things we saw and the fun we had is another story in itself. What an awesome time away. I took my computer, but did not do any work—only fun stuff like downloading pictures from my camera.
It was a long journey there, sitting more than a few hours in gate areas waiting for boarding. I couldn’t help but smile at how far airlines have gone to try to differentiate their customer base to make extra money. The airline we were traveling on had a red carpet aisle at the turnstile which only elite premiere club members could walk on. They lined up at the red carpet long before boarding began, anxious I guess to take their stroll down the red carpet. They, of course, boarded first.
Then there was the call for “somewhat less” elite members, not quite as elite as the ones getting to walk the red carpet. They boarded second and did not get to walk on the red carpet. Then there was a call for other specially-named groups, none of which included the word, “economy.” All the while my wife and I were sitting there wondering if they would require us to board the plane with a brown paper bag over our head, somehow knowing that we had purchased our tickets on a discount travel website.
I thought about how wonderful the church of Jesus Christ really is. We actually go out of our way to make sure that everybody feels special, that nobody gets preferential treatment over another and that as little as possible, at least within the church, separates the haves from the have-nots. In the sight of God we are all premiere club members. I love the church!
Read James 2 and take special note of v.9, “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” It was a gaudy color of red anyway.