Lack of Labor Day

Time of Grace is an international Christian outreach media ministry that connects people to God’s grace through Jesus Christ so that they know they are loved and forgiven. The ministry uses television, print, social media, and the web to share the gospel with people across the U.S. and around the world. On the weekly Time of Grace television program, Pastor Mark Jeske presents Bible studies that are understandable, interesting, and can be applied to people’s lives. The program is broadcast locally, nationally, and internationally on various networks, including FreeForm (ABC Family), which is carried by virtually all cable providers in the U.S. For a complete broadcast schedule, visit Watch Time of Grace or visit, where you will find the program via streaming video and audio podcasts, as well as study guides, daily devotions, blogs, a prayer wall, and additional resources. You can also call 800.661.3311 for more information. It's kind of funny and ironic, but what's the one thing most people don't do on Labor Day? You guessed it—work. The day was set aside as a national holiday, of course, not to honor the concept of work, but to honor the labor movement in America. Probably most Americans today think of themselves as "working people" and resonate with the stories of the struggle for workplace safety and elimination of child labor. But you are almost surely an employer too. Even if you don't own your own company, you hire people all the time—babysitters, home-repair contractors, and servicepeople. As a nation, we boo and hiss at the stories of the robber barons of the 19th century, but we should all ponder how we treat people who are lower on the economic ladder than we are. One of the signs of spiritual decay in Old Testament Israel was economic oppression. The rich took advantage of the poor, all the while still performing religious rituals and ceremonies. God would have none of it: "On the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers" (Isaiah 58:3). This Labor Day, as you enjoy your long weekend, give some thought to how you treat, and tip, the college kids who are your waitstaff, car valets, and pizza deliverers. The clerks who wait on you have little or no power, but the way you treat them can make them feel important and human. God will smile.