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Is Cheap Labor Wrong

After reading James chapter 5:4," Behold, 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". What does this verse say about cheap labor?

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I always question the priorities of people who are stingy with regards to their neighbors in order to save money that they can give to God. How can they love God whom they have not seen, if they don't love their nieghbors whom they have seen?

For an example of someone with values diametrically opposed to these, check out the excellent film "The Fourth Wise Man"
---StrongAxe on 12/29/07

Although my wife does not agree with me. I prefer to error on the side of too much in the line of wages. Having bought and owned businesses, immediately on making the purchase wages were doubled. And this worked out very well. Oh I know I'm a sucker but I preferred to error on the high side.
---Mima on 12/27/07

Working people for cheap labor is the same as stealing in my book. We see many cases of minorites being abused by this practice where we live.
---Susie on 12/26/07

Did these millionair friends go to church while requiring their employees to work on the Sabbath. If so, then neither one of them is living in God's favor. Higher wages by one means only that he is aware that he can get only the best workers this way. The other one is only impressing people with his contributions, not God.
---scott on 1/31/07

I have several Christian friends two of whom are millionaires. And one of the things that I have noticed over time is how these two men act about money. One is extremely fair pays top wages always ready to give to any Christian cause. The other equally wealthy is extremely close with his money. Pays very low wages, however he is very generous in giving his money to Christian causes also. All this is very interesting.
---Mima on 1/30/07

I dislike companies who can well afford to pay workers more and just won't. So many companies who were doing well closed their doors on American labor and went abroad where they pay just a few dollars for workers. It is frightening to think they would do that to us if they could have.
---Virginia on 1/26/07

Yes the verse is a refusal to pay at all. As for "cheap" labor, it's a 4 sided coin. Top is a business, 1 side is gov't & 1 worker. Bottom is consumer. All are part in costs & profit. If we buy a foreign car or products, we are part of low wages. If we push for gov't spending (taxes,support,projects,etc) it contributes. If as a worker you don't have a trade or training or you settle for less, that does. If a business is not challenged by the consumer or doesn't profit, that does.
---mikefl on 1/16/07

I believe it is wrong when the intentions of the heart is wrong. Such as having much wealth and paying a immigrant low wages so that one can have more wealth. I believe if the heart is right, the wealthy person would treat others as they would want to be treated. Pay the person the worth of thier time and hard labor.
---chris on 1/16/07

This is consistent with what is written in the Old Testament that defrauding the laborer of his wages (which includes not paying a just wage) is a sin crying out to heaven for vengeance.
---Jack on 1/16/07

Well, all I gotta say about this is that it's a shame when a man can't find work when he is tottally willing and ready to work.Then, if he does find something it doesn't pay enough to pay the rent, let alone raise a family.My husband is a machinist by trade, a good one, and it's very hard for him to find decent work these days in Detroit.
---sue on 1/16/07

The verse in James is saying the workers didn't get paid at all. That, of course, is wrong. But Jesus, in Matt.20 tells of people getting hired and agreeing to work for a certain wage. Later some complained that they were not treated fairly, but Jesus told them they recieved what they agreed upon. I don't agree with extortion, but I do think that if we agree to work for cheap labour there is nothing wrong with it.
---john on 1/16/07

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