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Sunday we continued our Spectrum series with the parable of The Landowner; otherwise known as The Workers in the Vineyard. Ian began with a prompt to get us thinking about what influences which role in the narrative we choose to focus on and how titles tend to influence our interpretation.
In this parable the landowner goes to the market to look for workers in the morning and continues this throughout the day. He agrees to pay all the workers the same wage even though not all of the workers worked the same amount of hours. Later this causes a divide between workers. The landowner asks the workers if he should be criticized for being fair when it is up to his discretion.
We often look at the landowner to be God or a divine figure and the vineyard to be the Kingdom of God where there is prosperity and fairness. However, as we see what the landowner believes to be fair has caused a divide among the workers. The workers from the morning feel they should be paid more because they worked more but the landowner feels that the workers who worked in the afternoon still deserve to be able to go home and support their families.
We have been experiencing a divide like this is society recently. Ian closes with the fact that it shouldn't be assumed that we are against one group if we support another, and we should come together and support all people and be understanding of each other.
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