Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
1 A good reputation is better than much wealth; high esteem is better than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both. 8 Those who sow injustice will harvest evil; the rod of their fury will come to an end. 9 Happy are generous people, because they give some of their food to the poor. 22 Don’t steal from the poor, because they are poor. Don’t oppress the needy in the gate. 23 The Lord will take up their case and press the life out of those who oppress them.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
Honor is more important than social status; integrity trumps riches. This is true for all people — the wealthy as well as the impoverished, because all have been created in the image of God. Anger, violence, and injustice will always produce calamity to the creation and the people therein; generosity and sharing, on the other hand, affirm the bounty of God’s creation and are a blessing. Remember, God’s insistence always sides with the poor and marginalized over against the systems that deprive and dehumanize.