(Proverbs 14:20 KJV) The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
This verse is one of the key differences between a truly Christian society and a non-Christian society. As followers of Jesus, we are not allowed to discriminate purely on the basis of a person’s wealth. What is being described here is the common behavior of human beings. We tend to look down on the “poor” (7326) and kiss up to the “rich” (6223).
The concept in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” means that we cannot accept that as the basis of our culture. We show whether we are Christian or not by how we treat the cashier at the fast food joint, the checker at the grocery store, the clerk in the department store or any one else that is providing a service to us.
So? Charity begins at home. Christian character begins when you contact another human. Eternal destiny is molded by simple little events like yelling at the telemarketer. Did I just say that? Ouch.