Was Jesus a Socialist?By: Guy Templeton
The parable of the lord of the vineyard hires workers to do specific work in his fields in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon and at the end of the day. At the end of the day, he pays every single one of them a full day’s wage (to the great dismay of the workers who had been working since the early morning.) Whether the worker is hired early in the day or an hour before quitting time makes no difference in the wages/blessing/gifts given. Jesus responds that the lord of the vineyard is the one who decides who gets hired, when, and for what job.
This seems to fly in the face of capitalist principles. What say you?