2 Thessalonians 3:10-13
“If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
February 7, 2011
I know I said last week that I would only talk about the lazy persons one more time, but life has a way of always providing me with a bit more information and then the Holy Spirit guides me to write about it. Last week as I was eating my early dinner and preparing for school I turned on Judge Judy. This female judge is elderly, rude and legalistic and for some reason her show entertains me. I won’t go into all of the “whys,” I just do and it was from one of her shows that I found material that fits neatly into our devotional. That particular show had a woman who was suing the girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend. When the judge asked if she was ever married to the ex, she said no, they lived together for 15 years and had 2 children. The ages of these children were 12 and 8. The new girlfriend stated that she was this man’s new girlfriend for the last 10 years and she had his 6 year old son. The new girlfriend and he have been living together for 6 years, and for those years he has been working for her company and earning an income. The judge asked the old girlfriend if she worked and her reply was no. The judge asked if she ever worked and she said not for 19 years. The judge asked why she and the boyfriend never got married and she said she didn’t know why, they just never did. The judge asked if the man paid her child support. She said he gives her money but it is not court supervised because she never went to court asking for support. The judge asked her how she supports herself. She said she is on welfare and her ex gives her money for the children. The judge is now contacting welfare and reporting these people as abusers of the system.
In case you missed it, the woman and man never married because in order for her to obtain welfare she would have to show she had no way to obtain an income. Sole provider of children is a good reason to not work and the government gives her welfare, food stamps and public aid. I do think that a single mother does need all this and should get all this. Before I say one more word let me say: The government will never give a single mother the money she needs to pay for a good daycare provider for her child. They trap her in the welfare system instead. Now should the government like to take the money from welfare and give this to the mothers to obtain good daycare for her child, I would support that system. This woman was not trapped by welfare; this woman was taking advantage of welfare and for the last 19 years. Her boyfriend worked, gave her money that she never reported, oh and for 15 years he lived in the government paid apartment. Her children are now older and in no need of daycare and still she sits at home and collects welfare, food stamps and public aid. Plus for the last 6 years she gets money from her ex that she does not report as income.
Child of God, do not think that this is a one in a million story. The truth is that there are millions of stories of misuse and the government knows that but still allows this abuse to happen. Next week we will talk about how the government traps someone in welfare. Today, I just want to address this issue and that is misuse of welfare. As a nation which is extremely crippled by its debt, we better wake up and do so quickly. We need to end this type of waste and when we say the words “Put America to work,” then by God we should do that.
I read just recently about a town in Wyoming which had a factory that employed illegal aliens from Mexico and the government came down on them for that. The government came in, took all the men and women and deported them back to Mexico. The factory then listed the jobs and waited. Months went by and no one came forward or applied. The unemployment level in that town was very high. Still no one applied for a factory job. The company was at risk of closure so little by little they started to add back to their employ the illegal aliens. Here’s an idea. Why doesn’t the welfare department put a big bus out in front of their offices and load up the welfare recipients who say they can’t find a job and drive them to that factory? They can train them on the job and give them a skill. The argument here is that they may get stuck doing a job they don’t want to do. Funny that. I am sure the illegal aliens that come into the country get stuck too, or do you think they like to cut lawns and clean bathrooms? We do the job we are trained to do and if we are not trained–we do the job we can do and go to school at night to learn a new trade. I am tired of hearing how unfair this is to the poor person. How fair is it to us who pay for welfare and then hear stories like the one I shared with you today?
What I love about our verses today is the argument it presents for not being idle, but to work for the food you eat. This is good sound doctrine. If you can work you should work and if you don’t work, well then you don’t eat. Hunger is a good motivation to get up off your butt and get out there and get a job. Unemployment is very high but there are still a lot of jobs that are out there. The problem is no one wants to lower themselves to work the jobs. This is a generation that believes without education or training they should be CEO’s. This has got to stop. We have to be a nation that is serious about ending our debt and the only way we do that is to stop wasting our money and stop creating a lower class. I have a plan and it is Biblical, and some may not like it but that is just too bad.
I agree Lord, if you can work you should work, if you don’t work you don’t eat. Simple solution to laziness and I thank You for your teaching today. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.