The poor - those whose financial situation reminds them that they cannot control their lives - are often more likely to embrace the good news of a rich life without money. They are in a better position to understand that life is truly rich when it is full of faith and God’s presence. And when people can wrap their minds around this, they can better understand what it means to live in the Kingdom of God. If they endure the trials and temptations of poverty (back to the first thing James wrote) they realize this world
has nothing which will provide a sure foundation. Only God can provide something that will endure.
Those who think their money allows them to control their lives very easily begin to control the lives of others (because they need to get more money for more control…. bad cycle). They destroy other people, but they also destroy God’s reputation. They dishonor Him because of their reputation for getting and keeping money at all cost. After all, it’s obvious to everybody that their hope is not in Christ, but in money.
It’s not that they were issuing proclamations on Facebook: “Dislike the name of Christ.” They didn’t have to say a thing. Their works did not support their faith. They said, “I am a follower of Christ,” then demolished individuals and communities in their pursuit of money.
Even 2,000 years ago, actions spoke louder than words.