“Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.”—Proverbs 19:4
The political party in power in our country today needs to internalize this wisdom. Too many people demean the poor and needy. As spiritual minded people, our task isn’t to tear down but to build up. The poor are isolated. The poor are left in failing schools, failing neighborhoods, and with a failing infrastructure. And it’s not always because everyone is poor. For example, in Illinois, Chicago’s tax base makes up 20% of the state education revenue. But when the state issues money back out, Chicago only gets 15%, while other smaller—and richer—districts get more than their fare share back.
The wealthy have many friends and hangers on! I’m writing this during tax season and when the tax refunds start being deposited, everyone will have friends. There will be parties, vacations, and shopping sprees. But when the money is low again, the friends will be scare. Praise God for wisdom! I hope everyone is getting something from this study of Proverbs. Love everybody. Help everyone that you can. Love the poor.