Just like during the Great Recession of 2008, the word STIMULUS CHECK is again abuzz in American culture. Also, those who are unemployed are getting an additional $600 in addition to their unemployment compensation.
Unfortunately, there are many essential workers who are making less money, while putting themselves at risk, than those who have become unemployed. This has led to many people complaining about this being unfair…and it is.
However, it is a blessing in disguise for many of those who are temporarily receiving more than they would on their regular jobs. When they return to work, they will be earning less.
The bottom line is…’THE SYSTEM’ WORKED FOR THEM THIS TIME!
There are always those who benefit more from ‘THE SYSTEM’ as it moves and evolves according to the political, economic and social environments. There are always those for whom at some point in time, THE SYSTEM works in their favor.
The fact is, some people don’t complain until they feel their ‘benefits’ of THE SYSTEM are threatened or see them working for someone else.
I have even seen some people who are getting more money while unemployed as being lazy. This is wrong to generalize everyone into to one basket. One person even said, and I quote, “The real reason many people don’t want to go back to work and want the stay at home order to be extended is they have actually gotten a pay raise by staying at home and not working.” Wow! Making generalizations like this is dangerous.
Yes, there is an example of this in the bible, when THE SYSTEM worked to benefit those some felt less deserving, leading to complaining from those who thought they were more deserving. Yeshua gave us a relevant lesson in how He views it.
Matthew 20:1-16 (NKJV)
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing [a]idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, [b]and whatever is right you will receive.’
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they [c]complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For[d] many are called, but few chosen.”
So, what if that happened today?
If many people are honest with themselves, if they lived then or that were today, they would have been complaining about those who began working at the end of the day…
“The real reason they waited until the end of the day is so they could get the same amount as those who worked all day.”
“They were lazy”.
“The landowner was unfair”
“People like that are the problem with this country.”
The fact is, this particular time, the system worked for them.
Be careful how you judge situations. Judging is when you ‘think for someone else’. When you determine what is in someone else’s heart. When you think you know their motivation.
Remember, you will be judged by the same judgement that you judge someone else.