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A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead their business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principles – Last week we looked at Human Resources – Firing Decisions. Terminating an employee is never pleasant, but it can become a blessing when God is involved. Are your people seeing Biblical Business Principles at work – even in firings?

This week we will review Human Resources – Pay Decisions from the Business By the Book Workshop.

Pay Decisions
• The Bible let’s us know the Lord is serious about paying fair wages. Malachi indicates not paying a fair wage is a sin as serious as adultery. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:5 ESV

For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every whim. Now your hearts are nice and fat, ready for the slaughter. James 5:4-5 NLT

Since God is the owner, and we are stewards, how do you communicate with God to assure He is pleased with what your paying employees?
• Rewarding good work and loyalty is good business in the long term. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4 NLT Are you paying below average or above average wages in your industry? What criteria do you use to determine if you are paying correctly? Does above average performance necessitate above average pay?
• We need to pay sufficiently to meet employees’ needs. When a specific job can’t justify paying sufficiently, help the employee gain employment where their financial needs can be met. (The key is needs, not wants!) How do you help employees earn what they need to meet needs?

Like most business decisions, pay decisions require a balance between justice and mercy, which is accomplished by walking humbly with our God. See Micah 6:8.
1. The Bible does not require everybody be paid the same.
2. Those who do better work should be rewarded more.
3. God requires fairness in paying.
4. Christian employers have a responsibility to meet the minimum needs of employees.

Are your pay decisions pleasing to God?

Bit of Wisdom
Masters (employers), provide your slaves (employees) with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 4:1 NIV

Forums Ministry News
The Business By the Book Workshop is an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. To view a promotional video, go to http://www.crown.org/cart/videos/BI277/BBTBMed.asp

The Downtown Baltimore Business By the Book Workshop continues, another is being considered for Bowie. Consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email plantz@cbmc.com

The Hunt Valley BBB Group initial meeting is this Friday, June 10th from 8:15 – 9:45 AM. If you are a graduate of the Business By the Book and are interested in joining this Group contact plantz@cbmc.com

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Existing Groups are in Metro North and Bel Air. If you’re interested in exploring joining a Forum Group, or know someone who might be interested, email plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com

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Paul Lantz
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