There are many people today, including Christians, who are angry and bitter and critical. But they would justify it by saying, "But you don't know what happened to me? This person has hurt me, or mistreated me or let me down. Therefore I have the right to criticize or slander and hold a grudge against him."
Other Christians say, "I've been hurt unjustly, but I will not become bitter, I will not retaliate and criticize and slander. I choose to return evil for good, to bless rather than curse."
If you had to choose between 2 options this morning: 2 answers on a test, A or B. Would you say... A) I'm willing to suffer. Or B) I'm wanting my rights?
I think most people today would want their rights.
Everyone wants their rights-ethnic rights, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, homosexual rights, workplace rights. And they'll express their grievances with walkouts or boycotts or strikes or even political uprisings.
Now I'm not saying there's never a place for arbitration between labor and management. The Bible says "the laborer is worthy of his hire" (1 Tim. 5:18). The Bible has a lot to say about working hard and giving an honest day's work and it also talks about paying people fairly and taking care of the less fortunate.