According to the United States Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
So Labor Day is a day to celebrate our labor. The dictionary defines labor as “human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy”, which fits the origin of Labor Day.
God has something to say about our labor. In Proverbs 14:23, the Lord says, “In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.” The Bible instructs us to secure our daily provisions through labor. It applauds the ant, which works diligently to store up food for the winter (Proverbs 30:24-25)
In fact, we were created to work. In Genesis 1:28b, God told Adam to “subdue” what He created; “and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” In other words, Adam was supposed to do work.
God created us to do labor. It is part of His plan for provision of our daily needs.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Paul wrote, “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” The early church had a biblical rule. If you were capable of working and were unwilling to work, the church wouldn’t feed you, instead, you didn’t eat.
Helping people in need is very Christ-like and biblical. Creating a welfare state where people are capable of working, but are unwilling to do so is unbiblical.
If, I ran for office, I would attempt to honor Labor Day by creating jobs in order to reduce welfare. I believe that it is a biblical concept worthy of an attempt and not contempt.
Something to think about…