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The Minimum Wage And The Kingdom Of God

I recently had a conversation in social media about the minimum wage.  It began with me posting a Tweet that went something like this:

Minimum Wage Increase = Price Increase. Net Effect Zero.

An old high school friend took me to task because I stated that companies would raise their prices to pay for the increase.  Unfortunately, I have to stand corrected.  There are other ways that businesses can pay for a minimum wage increase.

A business can reduce its workforce.

Hours can be cut.

Benefits can be removed.

After all, the guy or gal who benefits from having his wage increased doesn’t suddenly begin producing more for his company.  This is an expense for the business and is not simply absorbed.  At least not by the normal business.

The thought that came to mind, though, was how should we who live in the kingdom of God react to a minimum wage increase?  Or better yet, how should we be good corporate citizens or business owners?

First, we should always strive to do better than the world.  Will we always have jobs that pay less than others?  Absolutely.  Some simply do not produce the same value as others.  The guy who brings more income to the business should be rewarded more than the guys who is simply in a support role.

However, we should always try to do more than the minimum required of us by the world.  If the minimum wage is ten dollars an hour, how about practicing a tithe and pay ten percent more than required.  Perhaps that isn’t feasible, but it would be a great goal to shoot for.

There are other ways that we can do our best for the kingdom of God as well.  How about building the most efficient and creative systems that we can that will benefit our employees?  Attrition happens.  If you lose someone from your team and don’t replace them, spread their pay among the remaining workers.

Seek to give better benefits than the company down the road.  Do better than the standard.  If two weeks of vacation is the norm, do better than the norm.  Are six sick days a year the average?  Be above average and give seven.  Is a six percent match on 401(k) what most people get?  Give an extra percent.

Will it cost you money?  Yes.  Will it attract better employees?  Yes.  Will you make a difference in people’s lives?  Absolutely.

Obviously this ended up being about more than the minimum wage.  As well as it should be.  Could  a business do all of these?  No.  They still have to stay in business and make a profit for the owner.  However, we should try to honor the Lord by being better than those businesses that simply follow the standard worldly business practices.

What are some ideas for how a business could make the lives of their employees?

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  1. William Thomas
    March 31, 2014 at 8:41 am

    A lot of big time businesses can easily do so and not take a price increase because they already make so much profit. It would also help more people find work since people could make do with 1 job instead of and thus leave another opening.

    It isn’t an ideal solution but this isn’t an ideal problem.

  2. March 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

    This is solid. And tough. I currently have two employees that work for basically free. We don’t have the money to compensate them. I hope to soon. I’m praying we do soon.

    • William Thomas
      March 31, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Perhaps you could sell something, or find a little money in your personal account that you do not need? If not, than I hope you can get more as well.

    • April 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Rob, if he’ll give you a church, who know what else He will do.

  3. March 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    How about managers, owners, etc really caring about those under them? Speak kind words. Don’t sigh when asked questions as though they are bothering you. Just a couple suggestions.

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