Labor Unionism

Labor Unionism

The strike by the Teamsters’ Union against the United Parcel Service has disrupted the nation and nearly everyone in it to some extent. This event once again shows how damaging labor unionism can be in our country. It made me recall my own employment some 33 years ago in a northern state. The employees voted to establish a union and everyone was given 30 days to join or be dismissed. I was dismissed when I refused to sign up.

It would be well to notice the Christian opposition to the methods generally employed by labor unions as contrasted with the way of Christ Jesus. Notice the clear contrast:

Unionism demands one’s assumed “rights.”

The Christian yields his rights to God (Luke 6:27-36).

Unionism is based on covetousness—the striving for more.

The Christian maintains a trustful contentment (1 Timothy 6:8).

Unionism involves a threat of force and violence.

The Christian refuses violence and seeks peace (Romans 12:17-21).

Unionism encourages disloyalty toward the employer.

The Christian is a committed, obedient employee (Colossians 3:22-25).

Unionism encourages self-seeking and a self-focus.

The Christian seeks what is good for his employer (Ephesians 6:5-8).

Unionism demands increased wages and benefits.

The Christian accepts wages as offered and agreed upon (Matthew 20:1-15).

Unionism focuses on present material benefits.

The Christian focuses on future spiritual realities (Matthew 6:19-24).

Unionism envisions a bargaining as equals.

The Christian submits to the employer’s authority (1 Peter 2:18).

Unionism involves argumentation and strife.

The Christian is gentle, patient and kind (Titus 2:9).

Unionism is based on pragmatism.

The Christian does what is right regardless of outcome (Romans 3:8).

Unionism is unconcerned about the impact on society in general.

The Christian is loving, good and interested in all mankind (1 Thess. 5:15).

Unionism seeks to prevent non-members from working.

The Christian permits any qualified worker to labor (Matthew 20:1-7).

We grant that the Bible also makes serious demands upon the employer (Luke 6:31; Colossians 4:1; Ephesians 6:9). These must not be overlooked. But the current union strike reminds us of the radical contrast between labor unionism in general and the way that Christ Jesus brought for His followers. True Christians must not overlook this.

Richard Hollerman
(Star-Telegram)

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