Christian Business God’s Way
Proverbs 3:5 – New American Standard Bible
…4So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.…
Every nation has government that decides the mentality of the people through its acts of law. Elected or self-appointed individuals agree through Chambers of Commerce, City Councils, State and Federal law-makers that “this is the way we will organize, support, control, or influence our neighbors’ way of living (the standard or quality of life in the nation for the citizens).
Christians providing, seeking or legislating the quality of economic life for others is important to God. He loves mankind and your daily economic living is of great power to destroy the general peace. Therefore Jesus Christ commands those who believe Him and His “way” to think as follows:
Matthew 6:31-33 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
31“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
FEAR about how I will have enough money to feed my family and clothe and house them is the basic drive behind employers decisions on how much to pay those who are helping them feed their families by working with/for them. The same FEAR is the basic drive on persons deciding who they are willing to help gain money for their own families by being one of their employees.
Fear is so common, we think to be an expected factor in our reasoning, but in God’s heart and His way, the guiding principle in Christian employment concerning wages must be what is the “right wage” to pay anyone. Every human being is worthy of a wage that enables them to provide “dignity” — a respectable home, food that isn’t pig slop and clothing that presents them as a working, thinking, peace-loving member of society (Hebrews 12:14, Romans 12:18).
Since employers who provide employment is at the root of these things being attained, Christ’s commands about wages focuses on Christian employers and employers wanting to respect God in their business decisions:
… 2Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
… And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for
the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. …
When forming a Business Plan, entrepreneurs list in the financial section all the costs that capital must be secured for. The entrepreneur has no qualms about going to the bank, venture capitalists or partners to capitalize whatever the cost is for equipment, inventory, office supplies, etc.. Only the cost of employment is where cheating is considered appropriate in the business plan and in cost cutting — how little can I get away with paying a man or woman who I do not regard as significant because I categorize them as an “hourly worker”?
Today’s news message is a heart-grip for a sole proprietor, employer, corporation executive or non-profit director reading at this moment, especially for any Christian concern:
Want the life for others that you want for yourself. Pay people wages according to God’s way. If your business cannot account for that, you are not really a wholesome business … yet. Just as you can’t stay in business if you can’t account for a facility in which to operate. You would have to change the business model or close the business doors.