What is a “living wage”? A living wage is different from a “minimum wage.” A minimum wage is the least amount of an hourly wage an employer can pay an employee. The minimum wage is set by the government. (Right now, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.) A living wage is based on living expenses, and can fluctuate drastically depending on where a person lives. However, nowhere in the United States is a minimum wage enough for a person to live on without needing help from the government, churches, or social agencies.
Fighting for justice means fighting for people to get jobs that pay a living wage!
What is the living wage were you live? Check out this living wage calculator.
Where I live, while the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, the living wage for a family of four is $29.28 an hour. That’s quite a disparity! What’s the living wage were you live?
What do you think the following verses say about a living wage as compared to a minimum wage?
“If you hire poor people to work for you, don’t hold back their pay, whether they are Israelites or foreigners who live in your town. Pay them their wages at the end of each day, because they live in poverty and need the money to survive. If you don’t pay them on time, they will complain about you to the LORD, and he will punish you” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15)