In his fifth chapter, James is talking about ‘rich people’ weeping and groaning because of the terrible troubles that are ahead of them as a result of their wealth.
He says that their accumulated treasure will be evidence against them because of the workers who were paid unfairly.
And I think James is telling us this same thing today. Americans are the richest people on our planet and James is telling us that this wealth is evidence against us when God sees all of the people on earth who are hungry and in need.
James goes on to tell the rich people that they have spend their years on earth in luxury, satisfying their desires. James tells them this is like fattening themselves up for the slaughter that will come because of their treatment of innocent people.
Dear Father, Please have mercy on us. Help us grow in sharing what you have given to us.