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"Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, "Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor." But Jesus, aware of this, said to them,"Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you. . ."
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them. 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them. 'Why are you standing here idle all day?' They said to him. 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them. 'You also go into the vineyard.'
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager. 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying. 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them. 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
Instead of getting the point of this parable that the God doesn't deal with people the way most business men deal with their employees, Republicans twist the words of Jesus into a justification of their power to pay employees however much, or more often, however little that they please. If the words of Jesus in this parable are meant to be a recommendation of the behavior of the "master", then you would think that Republican Christians would believe that they should model their behavior after the "master", or boss in all of Jesus' parables. But they don't.
To do so would cause them to commend employees who are smart enough to steal from them.
Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him. 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' Then the manager said to himself. 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first. 'How much do you owe my master?' He answered. 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him. 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another. 'And how much do you owe?' He replied. 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him. 'Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. "