A Blogger Is Worth Their Wage
The topic of workers (or in this case bloggers) being worth their wage isn’t a new discussion. From biblical times to now, the topic of conversation still comes about in casual conversation. What does it mean for a worker to be worthy of his reward? It depends on the situation and who you ask!
If you were to ask a business owner what qualities he looks for when hiring a person, their answers may vary slightly. Most would agree that the characteristics that are important in their company are:
It seems like a list that is doable, right? For many it is. Many people exude each of these characteristics without concession. Once a person who personifies many, if not all, of these characteristics, is hired, the next question the employer must answer is what the worker’s worth will be in terms of pay.
It seems like a pretty black and white straightforward question, right? Wrong. Every position and every job in every industry has to be considered, created and confirmed.
The worker, the worker’s position in the company and the worker’s skill sets have to be justified to earn those wages. Before that worker gets a job offer, the employer has to decide how much money that worker is worth. How does the employer determine how much the worker’s wage is worth?
It’s an educated assumption. Plain and simple. An offer of money is made to a person based on their qualifications, their work history, their skill sets listed on their resume and their knowledge of the position in which they were hired.
That worker is offered a wage based on what that employer THINKS they are worth. Nothing factual, nothing scientific, just pure assumption based upon the few moments of interaction and a quick glance at their resume.
Now, what about asking those same questions to someone in the faith-based service industry, including those who blog?
In the church, people of faith who are employed by the church or even just associated with the church are often under the impression that it is expected and normal to not make a decent earning based upon their choice of employment.
Many feel that they are to live beneath their means. There seems to be a multitude of varying thoughts and opinions when it comes to this subject.
1 Timothy 5:18
For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.
Based on this scripture, a laborer is worthy of his reward. But, who determines what that reward is? The person who is working for the church does have a right to be paid for their talents, their skills and their time just like every other person who is employed, right?
Since when did it become a norm that living and working in the life of faith meant that it was common to earn a lesser wage? Again, the scripture above states that the laborer is worthy of his reward. Doesn’t that also mean that a worker is worthy of his wages?
Churches are set up differently in terms of being a business, non-profit, for profit, tax exempt, etc., etc., etc. Obviously, how a church is set up in terms of business laws does ultimately have a deciding factor on the wages paid to those who work for the church.
BUT, the fact still remains that workers do deserve a fair wage. Is it possible to live a life preaching the word of the Lord and also being compensated well for that job? Yes. Does it happen very often? That depends on the church and their structure of pay scale.
The bottom line is that there is an argument and discussion to be had about a worker’s worth and earning the wages that show their worth. There isn’t a blanket right answer, but more of an understanding of why certain areas may not feel the same way or may feel stronger one way or another.
Ask yourself your opinion. Is a worker worth their wage no matter what their profession and industry in which they are employed? Or does it vary on other outlining factors?
Each of us have the ability to find a job and earn money, but sometimes our passion and calling in life may lead us in another direction towards a job that doesn’t pay as much, but is more fulfilling to our hearts and souls.
It’s up to each person to decide their worth and how much they think that they should be earning for the job that they are doing or the service that they are providing.