Christ would not vote to increase the minimum wage, not because He does not want higher wages for everyone but because He taught true fairness. Moreover, it is not government’s prerogative to require social and economic equality only equal opportunity. He would not, yea could not, act contrary to what He has said and what the Scripture requires. The Scripture strongly supports proper authority, ownership, contracts, treaties, pledges, etc.
A good example is seen in Matt: 20 where a businessman went out early one morning and saw workers standing around in the market. He asked if they wanted to work. He agreed to pay them the normal wage for a day’s work. Three hours later he did the same with other workers agreeing to pay “whatsoever is right” and they agreed and joined the other group. Five hours later he hired another group. At the end of the day he paid them all the same amount! Of course, the first workers were angry since they had worked the longest. He told them that they had nothing to complain about since he did exactly what he said he would do. He asked them, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?” Clearly, in America the answer is “no.”
Incredibly, many people would scream “unfair,” “unreasonable,” and even unconstitutional! And anti-union, for sure. Note that even I showed my prejudice in the above paragraph when I wrote, “Of course, the first workers were angry.” I am all for fairness but I’m much more impressed by keeping one’s word. All workers agreed to the arrangement so they had no right to demand a change in the agreement. There is a purpose for that parable being in the Bible. Many union workers can learn from it and become better people.
Most Americans have been brainwashed into believing that they are entitled to the same wage others are getting for the same work. Ridiculous! No union or government has the right to tell businesspeople how much they have to pay their employees. The owner of the business took the risk, worked hard and long and could possibly lose everything. How asinine for any entity to tell a businessperson how much he must pay a worker.
Would the hired hand be obligated, morally or legally, to subsidize the owner when difficult times come upon the business? Will employees assume some of the risk when the owner has to enlarge his place or purchase new equipment? Will they work longer hours for less pay when bankruptcy looms? I think not.
Government and many unions are tyrants who have assumed authority they don’t rightfully possess, all in the interest of “fairness,” “equality,” and “justice.” But, it is really heavy-handed totalitarianism and it is astounding that clear-thinking people would defend it. Montesquieu observed: “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” It is tyranny not justice for any government to force a businessperson to pay any benefit or minimum wage.
Each worker is worth only what he produces for the owner. A person who cleans a hospital room is not paid the same as the nurse who cares for the patient and the nurse is not paid as much as the physician. There are three levels of training, work, and responsibility in that hospital room. Even two nurses do not have the moral right to demand the same pay or double their present wage.
Only an owner knows how much a job is worth to him. It doesn’t matter what some do-gooder, union boss, or government bureaucrat says. Moreover, if an increased wage is good for the workers and the economy then why not increase the minimum wage to $50 per hour? That’s far more “fair” than $15 per hour.
Not only is it immoral for anyone to demand a minimum wage, it will always result in unemployment especially among threshold workers. If a worker does not produce more profit than his salary then he will be fired. The owner will adjust by working more hours himself, raise prices, or cut some benefits or restrict hours of operation. After all, he must make a profit. He does not run a non-profit business nor is he in business to provide a workplace for employees. He is in business to make money. No money, no business.
It would be wise for honest, decent people who really believe in fairness to understand that they can earn more by making themselves more valuable to their employer. He or she should become so valuable that the owner feels a need to pay more to keep another business owner from hiring his employee away from him with the promise of higher wages. Excel, excel, excel.
No, Christ would not seek to force a business owner to pay more especially to employees who usually only do what is required of them to get by. John commanded in Luke 3:14 “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”
So workers should stop trying to strong-arm their boss and do more than is expected of them and be satisfied with their salary. And stop whining about perceived fairness. Life is never fair.
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by Don Boys, Ph.D.
Only an uninformed fanatic says that evolution or creation can be proved scientifically. Christians believe in creationism because we believe in the veracity of the Bible but we also have scientific evidence to support our position. In every debate I’ve had with evolutionary scientists, the arrogant, asinine accusation is made, “Well, evolution is scientific while creationism is religion.” Evolution is about as scientific as a voodoo rooster plucking ceremony in Haiti. Almost.