I have work that I need done. I hire you for $10 for one day’s work. You think the terms of the deal are fair, as do I, and you begin working.
I hire a second person, half way through the day, for $10 for one half of a day’s work. You think the terms are fair, as do I, and you begin to work.
At the end of the day, I pay you both what I owe you.
Is it really anyone’s business how much I paid to either the workers, other than myself and the worker? No.
Who is best to determine what is fair? The parties involved – employer/employee- or some outside third party that has no “skin in the game”?
Unfortunately for the conservative movement, they have bought into a lie told by evangelic Christians who are attempting to establish social justice.
In the April 5th issue of Our Daily Bread, author Philip Yancey betrays Biblical principles and thus promotes an inaccurate worldview.
Yancey, a prominent Christian leader because he sells lots of books, quotes the parable of the workers, which I paraphrased above. Then goes on to give his opinion, “Jesus’ parable of the workers and their grossly unfair (italics mine) paychecks confronts this scandal head on”.
Conservatives have a hard enough time standing for principles of individualism, limited government and the right of property owners to posses and dispose of their property (real or intellectual) according to conscience and the dictates of scripture; the world does not need a capricious standard to follow.
If the workers and the employer agree, then what business is it of government, a labor board or any other arbitrary group to establish what is supposedly “fair” or “unfair”.
But by injecting his opinion, contrary to what the Bible is teaching, Yancey undermines the principles we embrace as conservatism that are derived from the text he misrepresents.
“Grace alone”, regardless of when it administered to recipients is the responsibility of the grantor, God, and the grantee, individual humans.
“Terms of employment” regardless of when it is preformed, is the responsibility of the grantor, the employer, and the grantee, the worker. Not some arbitrary third party.
Unfortunately, Yancey and his kind are marching us to the one world, monolithic government; the antithesis of Christ’s Kingdom.