Why does James 1:10 talk about riches in the context of an overall discussion about temptation and trials?
The consistent theme of James as a book is one of determining the substance of faith in the form of action, which is to say how we live our lives. James begins his letter by cutting straight to the issue of testing faith through trials and temptations. Material wealth is certainly a temptation to many. Remember what the temptation of money did to Ananias and Sapphira (Ac 5:1-11). Finance is one of the most popular topics in the whole of the Bible, touched on to one degree or another by nearly every Biblical author. Given the nature of James’ letter, it’s a wonder he didn’t write more on the subject of materialism.
This post is an excerpt (Question 10.10) from my book Ask James one.