Day 17 Devotional & Discussion – March 9, 2015

Throughout this week, we will read portions of the story of Moses and the slavery of the Hebrews by the Egyptians. Again, we will view the story through the lens of labor and worker justice.

Exodus 2:11-15

What do you think Moses felt when he saw the mistreatment of workers? When you see worker injustice (slavery, wage theft, mistreatment of workers) what do you feel? What action did Moses take to address the injustice? Obviously, Pharaoh understood that an attack against a taskmaster was an attack against the system. Yet, killing a taskmaster was insufficient to stop the mistreatment? Why? What steps do you find yourself taking that are insufficient to address systemic worker injustice such as low wages or wage theft?

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One comment

  1. Though I’m uncomfortable with Moses’ action of killing one of the oppressors, I usually tend to follow Moses’ method of addressing a single injustice rather than looking at how to challenge the whole system. The system is so big and so complex that I feel powerless in the face of it. So, I choose instead to respond to a single situation. It’s manageable. So, I give some change to a homeless man; I increase my tips for the food server at the restaurant; I sign a petition online. These acts (while good) are insufficient to address the source of the injustice. These acts make me feel better, but the system goes on unchallenged. Change requires a strategy and a movement. I think the national Fight For $15 campaign has done far more to challenge the system than my increased tip for one low-wage worker.

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