Lessons from a Labor Dispute, Part 1

Several years ago I taught a Wednesday night Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew. When we came to the parable of the workers in the vineyard in chapter 20, a hardworking farmer named Noel spoke up. He said, "I don't like this story." I asked why. He said, "Because it sounds like communism." That's a fairly typical response to this story. Americans don't like this parable of Jesus. It goes against our work ethic. I mean, the men who worked one hour were paid just as much as the men who worked twelve hours. That's not fair. My farmer friend was right. It sounds like communism! But don't worry. Jesus is not promoting communism. Jesus is just telling a story. And while it's a strange story, it's also a powerful story. The story includes two major biblical themes: generosity and gratitude. This sermon focuses on generosity.

Lessons from a Labor Dispute, Part 1
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