God in Your Work, Unions?

Posted on March 8, 2015


As I continue on God in you work I will discuss whether or not Labor Unions are biblical.  The short answer is that unions are not biblical in any way.  If you dis-like unions you are so happy and if you are a part of one and have seen the injustices of some employers you may be angry with me already. Just because labor unions are not biblical so are many other things that believers commonly do so I am not just singling out labor unions and even suggesting that you get a new job and severe your involvement from them. What I am suggesting if you are going after God’s heart with all your heart and wish to walk in His ways, unions in most cases will encourage un-biblical behavior to accomplish their goals.  I understand that many employers also practice un-biblical behavior as well but as the old saying goes, two wrongs does not make a right.

A Faith Walk

There is no point in reading further for anyone if you are not in a place to give your entire life to God including your source of income. Trusting God as your source and not an employer is our goal.  We by faith have to believe the God is our provider and if we listen we will be working and doing things in life where He wants us to be.  In the location the God wants us to be we will be provided for in the manner that God has for us at that time. This type of faith walk is getting even more difficult as America gets more and more secular in nature. We have to believe that God is orchestrating our entire lives and behave in such a manner to honor God with our actions and our hearts.

Give Me a King

At one point the people of God asked to have a king like all the other nations and today God’s people do the same asking for things that they believe will bring more stability and prosperity to their life or ministry because its seems to work in other places.

I Samuel 8:19  Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 20  That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

Now you may be saying that a labor union is nothing like a king but it’s not about the title, it’s about the things you are asking a something else to do instead of going directly to God. You should read all of chapter eight of I Samuel to see all of God’s warnings and the desires of the people and you can see more clearing that it is common that people commonly replace God with all kinds of things instead of walking by faith and the thing begins to take control and often brings more harm than good. Some of the things today that become kings in churches are programs, fund raising, buildings, the government, and events.  Just like God told the people these things will take away the young people, they take away your financial resources, and worst of all they close the ears of God because we say we have more faith in these things than God.  A union is so much like the request for a king. The union is supposed to make its subject feel safer and make sure they get more provision for their hard work. Before long the union is more about its own survival than taking care of its members and requires dues which would be like the taxes a king collects to keep the kingdom going.  The union does help at times but that is not the point, God is supposed to be where are trust is.

Master Servant Relationship

Nowhere in the Bible will you find the words labor unions whether they are sinful and inspired of God so you must find the words and context where there similar behaviors and they are found in a master servant relationship.  As I pointed out last week that the hourly wages also fits this pattern of benevolent slavery.  A person that had nothing or had debt became servant to another in order to survive or pay their debt. Once again this was nothing like what happened in America with African slaves which was pure evil in its roots. God outlines in both the Old Testament and New Testament the guidelines of this master servant relationship.  The labor union comes in to replace God as an advocate for the servant to replace God. There are several passages about the proper behavior in a master/servant relationship but here is a general passage from the New Testament.

Colossian 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Colossian 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

As you can see from the above passaged that it is very easy to replace servants and masters with employees and employers and there is no context lost at all. For this to happen you have to place all you faith in God for your provision and believe that God will direct you to a place where an employer will treat you as God has desired for you. Christian employers have to take this serious as well and trust God as they bless their employees they will be blessed as well.

The Union is the Adversary

The roots of a union goes far worse than a replacement for God but begins its relationship as an adversary to the very organization that an employee is expecting to provide for their family with a paycheck from.  The word adversary or advocate are made to sound like they are needed but we as believers have an advocate.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

A labor organization is man’s way to trust in man instead of God.  God never takes anyone’s free-will away from them yet a labor union comes to employers with one goal, to get its ways and take away the will of the employer.  This is not about who is right or wrong, it’s about free-will and believing we all have to answer to God.  Unions have had some great results but they were almost never accomplished through biblical practices and this is building a house on the sands and you can see today that the union house is diminished greatly in America due to its poor foundation.  Taking the free-will from another without God’s or society’s authority is practicing witchcraft in a biblical sense.  Witchcraft’s premise is taking actions to have your own personal will imposed on another. Unions operate by imposing their will on both employers and employees and with better laws in America people see that there is less need of labor unions, never the less people should have relied on God. God punishes in time those that are wrong but God never takes free-will away and cannot bless those acting in this manner.  Additionally a union drives a wedge between employers and employees and discourages a harmonious relationship and rarely encourages godly work ethics.

What To Do?

There are many things in American culture both in the church and in our secular culture that are not God’s best, like labor unions. As nice as it would be to fix everything at once it almost never happens.  Revival when God sovereignly moves on a people is the only thing that has ever changed a society in many ways in short period of time and that is our great hope.  But until a wave of God’s power sweeps in we must live in our world and possible have a job where we have to join a labor union.  When we find ourselves in this position we still need to live and encourage others to live by God’s standards. We need to be moving to a position of being where God wants us and believing God to be our provider not an employer and that God is our advocate, not a labor union.  We are blessed to live in America where if God tell us we can quit our job at any time and move where He tells us to, if we have the faith…