SCRIPTURAL DIRECTIVES FOR EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
I. EMPLOYERS (MANAGERS, MASTERS) MUST:
1. Act with consciousness of the truth that God is their Master
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with Him.
- Ephesians 6:9
2. Avoid rigorous demands and aggressive actions
Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.
- Leviticus 25:43
3. Abstain from demanding non-essential work on the Sabbath
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
- Deuteronomy 5:14
4. Not oppress others to increase their own wealth
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
- Proverbs 22:16
5. Treat employees with due care, concern, and respect
He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
- Proverbs 29:21
6. Pay just wages
For the workman is worthy of his meat.
- Matthew 10:10b
II. EMPLOYEES (SERVANTS) MUST:
1. Obey in all lawful matters
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.
- Colossians 3:22
2. Serve faithfully
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
- I Corinthians 4:2
3. Avoid all objecting, delaying, or talking back
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
- Titus 2:9-10
4. Suffer wrongs with patience
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
- I Peter 2:18-20
5. Serve humbly and treat employers/managers with due respect
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
- John 13:16
6. Act with consciousness of the fact that God witnesses their service
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.