Labor Day

주보날짜: September 4, 2021
목회자 성명:  권아론 전도사

Labor Day, as we all know, is an annual American holiday that celebrates the achievements of and pays tribute to American workers. But what do we exactly celebrate on this day? This is how HISTORY describes the 19th century: “the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.” After many years fighting for their rights, their goal was finally achieved: eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Now, why should Christians care about Labor Day? Not only because it has affected many of our lives, but I believe it is relevant to all of us because we are called to care about justice for the poor. Proverbs 29:7 declares, “the righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” We live in 2021 and there is still much to do against any kind of injustice. It is our obligation as followers of Christ to be the voice of the marginalized, of the weak, of the oppressed. You could march with people, you could be part of a movement, but remember how Christ served all those people during His earthly ministry. Let us spread God’s love and Word through our lives.