So how do we understand and respond to unfair treatment? Perhaps a couple of difficult questions might be in order...
1. Are we not constantly in a competitive human interaction, where struggles over limited resources reveal honest grievances, demanding attention, and often do, have a sharp edge?
2. Upon closer examination, could the outcomes of our encounters with others sometimes be linked to self-centered motivations?
This passage helps us see ourselves more clearly. Even if we relate honestly, clearly expressing a well-conceived craving, calculating, complaining side, with dignity and good purpose, we are also taught to see a greater idea found within the generous, graceful, granting goodness of God.
So, doesn’t unfairness painfully related
to limits, laws, and liabilities suggest that,
it is important to be proactive,
re-state one’s circumstance
with an after-hours confab, chat?
“We have rightly put in our work and are now here
to take exception, complain, squeak about
our hours of toil,
because we notice you also unfairly paying regard
to one who doesn’t qualify for as much oil.”
“This is true,” God notes,
but then purposefully suggests,
“It’s not only about sensibly beating your chests.”
“My nature also extends
to those who do not deserve.
I have come to love, forgive, encourage, support,
Rev. Richard Wagner