Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 June 2009 Proverbs 14:20‏

Proverbs 14:20     The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
And isn’t that the gospel truth my Friends! On this last instalment on Friends and Friendships, we touching on the significance of wealth and prosperity in their formation. Wherever we go in this world, second-class treatment, or even lower, is meted out to the poor and destitute. Even their own poor neighbours look down on them. As Sol later declares: ‘All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? He pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.’ (Prov.19:7) We see that all the time. The friends of the poor desert them very easily. Regardless of how much they beg them to stay, they still abandon them without much guilt or concern for their welfare. Meanwhile, we’ll sell our souls, and those of our families too, to become bosom pals with the possessors of material wealth. ‘Many will entreat the favour of a prince: and every man is a friend that giveth gifts.’ (Prov.19:7) Now that’s in direct contrast to what happens with the supposed friends of the poor. We gladly run to those who seem to have power, and consider those who dole out material gifts as friends. Even when the wealthy are known crooks and scoundrels, there’s always a line up to get into their good graces. I guess that’s a sad reflection on the priority we place on material wealth. But remember my people, material wealth brings problems of its own, not the least being a sudden glut of friends and hangers on. When you have material wealth and/or power, everybody wants to be your friend then. Just take a look at the bloated entourages that some of these celebrities travel with, where most either do very little or nothing at all. But as soon as the money well dries up, so do the good time friends. Ask people like M.C. Hammer about it. When he was riding high, a coterie of friends and well-wishers were always present. But as soon as he became bankrupt, they all fled faster than the speed of light, avidly in search of the next good time gig. Oh Friends, hear these ever-true words of the vintage song: ‘Everybody LOVES a winner. But when you lose, you lose alone.’ And I’m sure we’ve all had personal experiences with that principle. In the good, heady times, you’re a star, with an enthralling entourage, but when your bubble bursts and and everything turns sour, you’re usually the only one left sucking the lemons. What did Bruh David say when he was suffering? ‘My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.’ (Ps.38:11) Even his close friends and family distanced themselves during his time of ‘sufferation.’ Yes my people, that’s the nature of the human animal; always hanging around when the wine, women and song are flowing, but ne’er to be found when it’s all been consumed; friends only in fair weather, never in foul. That’s why we’ve been warning us to be wary and very careful before we consider people friends, especially if our star is in the ascendancy, for there’s nothing that draws evil hearted people like the bright lights. Just like moths flock to a light and do a death dance around it, so too these no-good parasites hone in on material wealth, suck it dry, then depart just as quickly. And Sol has words for that situation too. ‘A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.’ (Prov.18:24) Trust Sol to have an answer for everything eh. (smile) But he’s telling the awful truth! If you have many friends, then you must be friendly to them all. But in so doing, as the scholars translate it, ‘A man of many friends comes to ruin.’ You’re constantly giving to the crowd around you, but not enough is coming back to refill the coffers. That will inevitably lead to a serious downhill slide. And remember mih people, you’ll be sliding down that messy slope all by your lonesome, for the once staunch supporters would all have left at the first signs of difficulty, just like rats are the first to abandon a sinking ship. It is therefore advisable not to spread yourself too thin with many superficial relationships. Better to stick to a few tried and trusted friends, who don’t only want you for the material benefits you can offer, but who have a genuine care and concern for your well-being, and are more than willing to help in times of need. And in these sad economic times, we even have to be more careful, for what little we have has already been devalued, and more people are seeking an easy mark; looking to hitch their wagon to someone who seems well positioned to help them ride out the rough times, or who they can outright defraud and make a killing. It’s not an easy world we live in my Friends, and it’s possibly going to get worse before it improves, so we have to be very careful with whom we associate, and whom we let into our inner circle. I sure hope these Bits on Friends and Friendships have given us some insight into the true reality of the situation, cause a lot of what’s termed reality these days is not really real, but simulated reality. We can now manipulate so many things, that one is never sure what’s for real. So for our own good, please, lets play our cards close to our chests and don’t be fooled by the glad handing, the false smiles and effusive compliments that the iniquity workers use to get into our good graces, only to do us evil. Much LOVE!…remember…the smaller our circle of friends…the better off we’ll be…

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