I love THE MESSAGE translation of the Bible. It gives a deeper understanding and profound meaning to whatever you are reading. I read the following verses in KJV and I couldn't help but look for the message translation:
1 Corinthians 1: 27-30
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. "
The message translation says:
"Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have--right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start--comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God." "
I guess it will be good to conclude that God really doesn't care about backgrounds or riches or fame or influence or anything for that matter, because if He did, many people will probably not have even had a chance to live at all. God does care about the real personality of a person though, not what the world has forced us to become and if that's true, then it's really awesome.
On the other hand, even if God decides to use the wise, the wealthy and the famous, He doesn't expect any man to boast and think highly of himself, but in everything, give glory to God who gave him the privilege to be who he is.
I think God's fair enough and is very clear about His instructions. Obey, and you live; disobey, and you face the consequences!