#236 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Proverbs 29: 21A servant pampered from youth
will turn out to be insolent.
22 An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
I’ve never been a fan of the exaggerated antipathy that exists between employers and employees. My father was part of a labor union for many years paying dues to an organization that from any reasonable perspective never benefited him at all. The source of most employer -employee conflict comes from sin deeply rooted in the practices of both sides. Although in this day and age we live under some artificially imposed egalitarian rules of conduct little seems to have changed. We may not have “scabs” and picket lines so much any more but the enmity still exists.
There are, however, a few places and concerns where a wholly Christian attitude informs the workforce because the owners follow Christ themselves. Frequently these businesses are mocked and ridiculed, raged at and vilified, but one can easily see through the tissue of lies and understand the jealousy of those who spew their nonsense.
One of my favorite paintings in the genre of romanticized art popular today portrays a business owner in conference with Jesus. While at once fanciful it represents a kind of reality seldom understood. The constant presence of Jesus, close at hand, ready to advise, lead, help and heal is the foundation of a strong walk of faith that can truly bring about an amazingly content work place.