I've been wrestling with James 2 most of the day. It's the passage of scripture where James throws out a hypothetical situation where rich and poor enter the same church service and the rich guy is catered to as the poor guy is given a seat on the floor [I bet he was forced to sit up front too]. I have this strong suspicion that the church would be more likely to reach out to the broken of our society if she only realized her own brokenness.
Elton Trueblood worded it well in his book, Alternative To Futility. I stumbled across it tonight while reading another pastor's blog. Enjoy.
"The Christian church is not a society of integrated personalities, nor of philosophers, nor of mystics, nor even of good people. It is a society of broken personalities, of men and women with troubled minds, of people who know that they are not good. The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, in which membership is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership."
Elton Trueblood, Alternative To Futility (USA: Harper & Brothers, 1948), 64.