In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells a story of an owner of a vineyard who hires workers to tend the vineyard. He ends up paying the workers he hired early in the day the same as the the workers at the end of the day. Read the passage it if you have time. No union president would like this idea and Tea Party people might call it socialism but they would both read it wrong. Jesus reminds us that God’s grace is showered on all people equally. In fact there are other times that Jesus talked about grace and mercy for those who are at the fringe of society and those in power. Jesus didn’t see classes of people. He united people.
“Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ ” Mark 2:17
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.'” Matthew 5:44-45
God’s grace is so abundant that everyone benefits. Even those who deny God, benefit from the grace of God. That gives everyone who labors for the Kingdom a great talking and serving point that you’ll never get from politicians and pundits. I hope this Labor Day is a day to give thanks for grace and mercy and the show it.
I will prayer this day is for those who want work but cannot find work. Remember the abbreviation for the United States – it’s us. We need to find ways of working together so that all who want to work can. Tell every politician, that represents you and even those who don’t,”learn to work together for the good of all.”