May Day is a national holiday in Bangladesh. Are you thinking of flowers and spring-time dancing around a May-pole? On the first day of May here in Bangladesh, we commemorate workers. The first of May is Workers’ Day. People celebrate workers, evaluate the present condition of workplaces, and attempt to defend workers. Schools and businesses close. Truckloads of workers drive through town, chanting slogans urging justice on the job.
AOB salutes workers. They are a large part of Bangladesh’s population, and many workers join AOB in our programs and on-site projects. We honor our co-workers by co-laboring in joyful purpose, fulfilling just job-requirements and offering appropriate remuneration. We honor these colleagues’ efforts by offering professional training and regular evaluations and rewards.
We know that God is our Master- our Boss. We want to serve Him well by serving well those with whom we live and work. The Holy Bible clearly announces God’s character and requirements:
- "The LORD performs righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed." (Psalm 103:6)
- "Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; for the LORD will plead their case.” (Proverbs 22:22-23)
- "Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs." (Psalm 12:5)
The Bible also explains God’s view of workers. AOB’s Literature Division has produced a book by John Archibald: Like Father Like Son: Christian Ethics that affirms human rights. It addresses current concerns, like seeking justice for slaves and the oppressed, for foreigners, and for women, and confronting child labor:
“First, we believe in the dignity of humans. Humans are to be respected because they were created in the image of God. He created them so that they could know God, serve one another and be steward of the earth (Genesis 1:26-28).
Second, we believe that all people are equal. We have all been created in the same image by the same Creator. Therefore we should not scorn anyone because of what they are. (Galatians 3:28)
Third, we believe we all have responsibility on the earth. God has said we are to love and serve our neighbor, so we must be willing to fight for their rights, and be ready to give up our own rights in order to do so (Philippians 2:2-4).”
Let’s serve Him, then, with like-minded determination, and with gladness and justice!