A Parable on Minimum Wage, hehe | Matthew 20.3-4


When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
Matthew 20.3-4

This could be an interesting argument for a minimum wage increase. The Christian argument behind that is based off of a mutually beneficial relationship between employees and employers. This is because of the historic Christian value of work and payment for that work. The owner seeing men standing idle around the marketplace and him offering them work is a very Christian, conservative response. Further, he makes a point to say that he will pay them whatever is “right”. I suppose there might be disagreement on what he means by that word “right”, but my hunch is that it means the fullness of wages that would at least be livable. Then again, it’s just a parable and I’m certainly reading in my own ideas into the text. Oh well.

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2 thoughts on “A Parable on Minimum Wage, hehe | Matthew 20.3-4

  1. Any employer these days who paid employees the same amount of money for 1 hour of work as for a full day’s work would soon be standing in front of a judge.

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  2. Pingback: #Marginalia Weekly Round-Up #3 [3/17-23/14] | the long way home | Prodigal Paul

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