Rich man, poor man, black man, white man, educated man, uneducated man, good man, bad man, funny man, serious man, healthy man, sick man. There are many titles we use before acknowledging someone’s humanity. Sometimes we use these titles to justify our behaviour towards them. Failure to treat people on the basis of their simple wonderful humanity, though, is not offending them alone but offends that basic quality that makes us who we are and the genius of a Creator whose special imprint is expressed in them. For when all is said and done he is still just a man.
If you mistreat the poor, you insult your Creator; if you are kind to them, you show him respect. (Proverbs 14:31)