So James looked around. And he saw fellow Christians, who said that they believed in the radical leveling of humanity in the way of Jesus, where there was supposedly no longer Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free. And yet here were Jesus’s people arranging themselves according to the same old criteria the world had always used. He could tell by their seating charts and the deference they paid to certain kinds of people who dressed in certain ways that they didn’t believe what they said they believed. It’s not that you have to do good works to prove you have faith. It’s just that, no matter what you say you believe, what you actually believe will always win out. Always. So all James is really asking is that people stop deceiving themselves. Start there. With the truth your life is telling all the time.