From the last verses of the first chapter, all the way to half of the second chapter, James talks topics that are very popular today, regardless of what or in whom you believe. Mercy, justice, and equality are all important themes for our society, in one way or another. James is not proposing that we work hard to bring the reality of an utopia to this world. No, he is pointing to the outward results of an inward event. As Christians, we do not get involve in these movements to improve society because of what we want this world to be. We care of mercy, justice, and equality because of something that has already happened to us. God, in his mercy, has saved us and He is changing us, more and more, in a way that reflects His character. As days pass by, we resemble, more and more, our Father.
Now, that is the natural result of the intervention of God the Holy Spirit in our heart. It is not a just a desirable outcome, something good to have, or a way to add value to our life. If we cannot point to different aspects of our life where we can see this resemblance, we should be very, very concern. James remind us that the goal is not to try as hard as we can.
2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point k has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, l “Do not commit adultery,” also said, l “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
The goal is to remember that Scripture invites us to know Him whom alone is the author of Scripture. And by knowing Him, by understanding who He is and what He has done for His people, is that we can confront our selves, and this society.