Summary: Here's a sermon for the Labor Day Weekend. It includes a point about strikes., as well as points about the responsibilities of employers and employees.
These Old Testament passages applied to times...
when a worker got paid every day at the end of the day.
God expected those who hired workers
to pay them what they had coming
and not hold onto it for themselves.
What did Jesus have to say about paying employees?
...for the laborer is worthy of his wages.
1 Tim. 5:18 says:
For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."
So every employee deserves to be paid a decent wage.
Preachers should be paid a decent wage.
1 Cor. 9:14
Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
Our Elders and Deacons would like to give me a raise...
But I've turned them down because our church can't afford it.
So we all need to get busy drawing more people into this church!
Maybe then the preacher's wages can be what they should be!
Point #3 Christian employers should treat their employees well.
And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
Employers do the best, not the least they can for employees
because they also have a master.
QUESTION: If a Christian employer has a $15 job to get done and two men are willing to do it, one for $15 and one for $10, the Christian is free to hire either man, but how much should the Christian employer pay the man he hires?
ANSWER: $15. That's what the job is worth,
so that's what the man is worth.
Point #4 Strikes are unscriptural.
1 Peter 2:18-23
Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 Who committed no sin,Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart,
Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
Do employees act like that when they go out on strike?
NO! They refuse to work.
They try to stop others from doing the work.
Why do employees go out on strike?
To force their employer to meet their demands! RIGHT?
Is that what the Bible says is right? NO!
The Bible tells us to submit to our masters,
even if they are harsh in treating the employees.