Damascus United Methodist Church

An Unfair God

Much of Christ’s teaching related to the coming reign of God or what is sometimes called the Kingdom of Heaven. Describing this new reality, though, is difficult because it is not exactly like anything else we know. Consequently, Jesus tried to describe it by using parables, with each parable giving us a different insight into what it means to live under God’s reign. He began these parables by saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like….” Over the next three weeks we will reflect on some of these parables to help us understand how God’s world differs from ours. Today the text is the parable of the worker’s in the vineyard who all get paid the same amount for different amounts of work. Is that fair? Not by our standards, which is the point.