Today is Labor Day in the U.S., a holiday “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” President Grover Cleveland declared the national observance in 1894, but its roots go back more than a decade further, to an 1882 parade organized by New York City’s Central Labor Union to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
In honor of America’s workers, and on behalf of oppressed workers around the world, here’s an excerpt from a 1940 document published by the Brethren in Christ Church on labor:
Industrial strife, unfair and unjust labor practices by employers or employees and every economic and social condition and practice which makes for suffering, or ill-will among men is [sic] altogether contrary to the teaching and spirit of Christ and the Gospel.
For more on the Brethren in Christ Church and labor, see Carlton Wittlinger, Quest for Piety and Obedience (Nappanee, Ind.: Evangel Press, 1978), 401-404. For more on the history of Labor Day in the U.S., see Brendan Koerner’s article in Slate.