Hear, my child, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way. Do not be among winebibbers or among gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty and drowsiness will clothe them with rags.
Proverbs 23: 19-21
June 13, 2011
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott gets a high five from me. Are you asking why? What did he do? Well, he defended the recent legislation that was passed stating that adult welfare recipients need to be drug tested. Of course the ACLU filed a lawsuit stating this violates their rights. How many of you are employed? How many of you had to be drug tested before getting your job? How many of you work for companies that do random drug testing? The ACLU has never filed a lawsuit regarding our rights, and when I say ours I mean the gainfully employed people’s rights. So if we go with the ACLU theory, then it is perfectly acceptable to drug test the people who work and support welfare, but it is against the rights of the welfare recipient to be drug tested. Rick Scott is not backing down and intends to keep this law, and for that I offer him a cyber space high five.
Let me reiterate this one more time before I go on. I am not suggesting that every person who is on welfare is on drugs. I am saying that a lot of people are on drugs and some of those people are on welfare. If we really want to be fair, then we have to stand up for the rights of the mother and children who are legally on welfare. The welfare system only has so much money and a mother with children could be getting far less than is needed because junkies and addicts take from the same pot of money. She scrimps and saves while they drink, smoke or ingest their share. How fair is that to her? How fair is that to us? We work and a portion of our paycheck goes toward welfare. How fair is it that we wake up early each day, battle traffic and spend 8-9 hours at a job that is high stress with little pay, only to give our money to someone who refuses to work and stays home getting high?
Hear my child and be wise and direct your mind in this way: Hear what is being said, listen with all of your attention. Be wise–don’t be foolish, direct your mind in this way. This is a purposeful act; you have to will your mind to go in the direction God is calling you to.
Do not be among winebibbers or among gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty: Don’t party with the crowd, don’t go with them or be with them. Don’t share in their folly and drink too much, eat too much and become a drunk and glutton. These are the drugs of those times. This is the road some chose to take in life. They allowed themselves to get carried away with drinking and eating and they forgot they had to work. Times and people have not changed. There are millions on welfare who sit around and use the money for illegal purposes. They are taking our hard earned dollars and sticking it into their arms and up their noses. Down the block from them is a mother of three who is struggling to keep her babies fed and safe. Welfare gives her money but it isn’t enough and her babies are crying from hunger. I want my money to go to her but according to the ACLU it can’t. They want our money to go to the person who does drugs and cheats the system.
Drowsiness will clothe them with rags: In their stupor they will lose all they have and soon be left with nothing but rags. This is what they should have coming to them, not more money from the rest of us to enable them to remain addicted. We should not continue to feed and clothe and supply the funds for drugs or alcohol should we? Of course not! That is why the legislation in Florida is good. Now do I think the church should advocate people being refused welfare if they are addicts? Well, according to our verses today I would say yes. Yes, as a church we need to speak out for those who are in need and make sure they are provided for. We also have to stop providing the funds for others to be addicts and criminals. We need to be good stewards of our money.
Hey, what I am saying may not be politically correct. I am sure that the ACLU and I will never come to an agreement. That is okay with me. I only concern myself with being in agreement with God’s word. I am and that is really all that matters. So once again, I want to “high five” Governor Rick Scott.