Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor. –Proverbs 19:4 The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the rich hath many friends. –Proverbs 14:20
What’s your price for association?
So what is our price before we associate with someone? We all have different perspectives of what makes someone “rich”; it could be monetary, it could be power, it could be popularity, etc. How many times do we not associate with someone, because they’re not like us or they’re not like who we think we should hang out with because we can’t gain anything from them? How many times in the work place do we snub people because they’re lower on the totem pole than us? How many times do we snub people because they don’t have as much money as us? How many times do we snub someone because personality wise they’re different and don’t fit the personality that we think is the “cool” personality?
How many opportunities do we miss out on because of this? Not to get political, but how many times could humbling ourselves and associating with someone that isn’t “rich” in the world’s eyes, could deter someone from doing a school shooting or to realize their life has value and not take it?
We miss out on a lot of opportunities to interact with some amazing people because we’ve categorized them into a group, and they’re not like us. We need to be reaching out to the world and showing them what it means to be a Christian. A few years ago the bracelets with WWJD (what would Jesus do) were popular. Jesus hung out with the poor and the sinners. Why? It wasn’t for popularity reasons, it’s because they needed Him. Two thousand years later, nothing has changed. We’re all sinners and we all need him, not matter where we fall in the economic, popularity, or power rankings.