A Horse Story
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12).
Perhaps you have read the book or seen the movie about the famous American racehorse Seabiscuit. This story is certainly inspiring. It’s also a fascinating glimpse at American social history during the 1930s. The horses were treated better than the jockeys! These jockeys were paid very little and didn’t even have medical insurance, even though theirs is one of the most dangerous professions in the world.
The words of Jesus could not be clearer. We are to treat others as we want to be treated. We are to be fair. But it doesn’t just mean adequate pay and benefits. An employer must treat employees fairly, and that fairness extends much further than compensation.
It also means not showing partiality. What does that mean? If you’ve ever seen a situation where a parent shows favoritism to one child over another, you know how incredibly demoralizing it can be to the entire home. It works the same way in the workplace. Think of the demoralizing effect partiality has on employees. It’s the perfect place for Jesus’ golden rule to be applied: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
If supervisors treated employees this way and employees treated supervisors and fellow employees this way, morale would soar, productivity would increase, and profits would rise. As a matter of fact, because the good owner of Seabiscuit actually treated his jockey this way, Jesus’ golden rule became golden for them both.