Preliminary Theological Perspective on Building

Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages (Jeremiah 22:13, NRSV).

Listen!  The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts (James 5:4, NRSV).

Have you ever noticed those big signs they put outside of renovations of buildings?  They are normally in a kind of triangle shape and have a long list of all the people associated with the remodel.  If it is a city building, they typically have the mayor and other elected officials on the list, perhaps a project date, and usually the architect and probably a general contractor.  What is always absent from these lists, though, is the actual people who did the renovation.  The people who literally built the building, did the remodel, or whatever the sign may be showing get little to no credit for the labor they do. Continue reading “Preliminary Theological Perspective on Building”