On Sunday I was listening to a sermon on Matthew 20 - the parable of the workers in the vineyard who worked for different lengths of time, but were all paid the same. This sermon was in the context of Saturday having been Workers' Day. It was a very interesting sermon - mostly because it was in Zulu, which allowed me to pick up hints of what the preacher was saying and let my own thoughts do the rest.
I know that what I am thinking has been thought many times before, but still, there must be an answer.
There is enough 'earth' for us all to have enough to eat. Yet resources are distributed unevenly. We all have areas of ability (talents or skills) to offer each other. Why can't we all just work in our areas of strength and be paid the same amount? It seems to me I'd rather work as a computer person (which is skilled) than as a manual labourer. So I appreciate the manual labourer who does a job that I cannot really do. I'd be happy to get the same pay. Also, if someone is disabled and incapable of working a full day, let him or her do the best they can and get the same pay.
Unfortunately, we don't all have the same internal ethic. Too many people will say that if I get paid the same amount regardless of the amount of work that I do, then I will do as little as possible. So the system breaks down. But why can't it work in the church? Or amongst Christians in general? The fact is that even amongst Christians that internal ethic seems to be missing. What does that say about us? About the Holy Spirit? About our faith?
If there really are enough resources to go around, I wonder what the average monthly pay would be if it was equalised across the world?