By T. M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe:
Workfare and guest workers.
Grace Economics (1) (3)
“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I amthe LORD your God.’” Leviticus 23.22
The importance of work
One of the most reliable measures of any economy is employment. When employment is high, the economy is healthy; when it is low, the economy struggles. Everyone understands this.
This is because work is fundamental to a healthy economy. Indeed, without work it’s difficult to see how there could be any economy at all. So it’s no wonder that we have laws protecting people’s right to work, providing a fair wage, ensuring just and timely compensation, ordering safety and security in the workplace, supporting standards of quality and workmanship, and so forth. Whatever we can do to encourage productive work is at least worth considering.
In recent years, two major work-related questions have arisen in the American economy, and on each of these the Law of God can shed some light, if we will allow it to do so.