Allow me to introduce Mo. He’s a middle-aged man with a checkered past, but for the past couple decades he’s been a solid citizen, working in the family business – cattle ranching – and helping raise his two boys.
One day Mo was out taking care of the animals when God paid him a visit.
“Mo,” God says, “My people are in trouble. They’re being strong-armed into working ten-plus hours a day, sometimes seven days a week… and if they don’t work those long hours they can’t afford to keep their homes or feed their families. They don’t have time or energy for Me any more. And they’re starting to feel like I’ve given up on them and like I’m only watching them from a distance, and that’s not true. So listen. There’s a meeting of the G-20 coming up shortly. I want you to go. Tell the world leaders My people need three days off to worship Me.”
If it wasn’t for the fact that God’s voice can’t be mistaken for anything else, Mo would have thought he was going crazy. For sure the delegates at the G-20 would think he was crazy. Mo told God so. But after some discussion Mo agreed to go, accompanied by his brother Ron.
When he arrived at the G-20, Mo found his name already on the speakers’ list.
Mo got up to speak and he delivered God’s message just the way God had given it: “This is what the Lord says, the living God. Let My people go and have a three-day weekend celebration with Me out in the countryside.”
The G-20 delegates exchanged glances and a few muffled giggles. Then the Moderator got up to speak:
“God?! What is this god you speak of? I don’t know any god. Why should I listen to him?”
Mo shrugged. “This is all I can tell you. God met with Ron and me a few weeks ago and made His wishes known. He wants His people to have a three-day weekend to worship Him. Do we dare to disobey God?”
The Moderator laughed. “Why should we give people three days off?! The workers are nothing but a bunch of lazy bums. Projects need to be completed! Get back to work!” And he kicked Mo and Ron out.
Later during the G-20 sessions world leaders voted to expand the work week to 50 hours a week and abolish time-and-a-half for overtime.
The two competing TV news sources reported the incident this way:
Channel One – “Breaking news from the G-20. Christian farmer claims God told him to demand three weeks off for every Christian worker in the world. Muslims are up in arms and claim prejudice. Story at eleven…”
Channel Two – “Delusional farmer says God wants people everywhere to have three months off work. This command can’t be found in the Bible – in fact the Bible says work is good and God hates laziness. So this man can’t have heard from God. The whole story is a pack of lies created by Channel One to discredit Christians.”
Neither channel mentions the increased workload or the abolished time-and-a-half.
Mo goes home to the ranch and looks up to the sky. “Why Lord? Why did You send me to do this? Now the people are in a worse place than they were before.”
God says to Mo: “You just sit back and you watch. I’ve got something big up My sleeve, and I have a pretty big sleeve…”
(inspired by Exodus Chapter 5)