Social Class Katrina Northcutt School of Behavioral Sciences, Liberty University SOCI200:Introduction to Sociology ProfessorFlorin Coltea October 26, 2023 In other countries there are formal social classes in place. However, this is not the case in the United States. Even though there are not formal social classes it does not mean that social classes do not exist in our society. In our society social classes are generally determined by things like the level of schooling completed, the job we have, or the amount of money we make. For example, someone who works in a restaurant is viewed to be in a lower social class than someone who is employed at a hospital or medical institution. Someone's job is one major way that people are ranked regarding social class in our society. We assume a lot about a person simply from the job they have. Though these assumptions are not always right it is something we see in our community on a regular basis. In our communities across the United States, it is easy to observe how people of different social classes are treated differently. Someone with what is seen to be a good high paying job and nice things tends to be treated differently than someone who lives in public housing and is on government assistance and does not have a high paying job. As unfortunate as this is it is something that is so ingrained in our community's behavior that it is often done without forethought or intention to do so.
As Christians it is important for us to make ourselves aware of the treatment of people according to social class and attempt to avoid this behavior. We are thought as Christians that we are all children of God and should treat one another with respect. The bible says, "Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him" (King James Bible, 2017/1769, Proverbs 14:31). This is a powerful verse that is a reminder that we should not look down on those less fortunate than ourselves but be generous and show compassion. Reference King James Bible, (2017), Cambridge University Press. (Original works published in 1769).