"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
God is specific. He says what He means and means what He says. That’s not just a saying from Popeye.
If a person refuses to work — we are obligated, actually instructed….. not to feed him. Oh the screams of harshness! How in-compassionate, how cruel and how cold hearted, many would bellow. Please go right ahead. Just realize you’re bellowing at God. And if you could care less about what God says, that’s fine too. And says much about your lost, calloused or misinformed soul.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-15
10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.”
Wow. Shocking? It could be, if you’re not versed in an understanding of scripture and Almighty God. He is the creator of more than creation — He is the creator of all that’s right and correct. These are not criteria and ideas that we created, but which we took from the Creator.
We, the fallen, sinful ones, like to imagine ourselves as good and kind, tolerant and compassionate. But that comes from our own imaginations — not out of the Bible, which is the only source of all that’s good and correct. We’re told to look to the Word for direction — not to simply agree it’s ‘nice’ . . . . and then go about with our own devices and designs.
If you want to eat; get a job. There is selfless pride in honest work. It is God’s design that we work. And if you want a phone, get a job — not an Obama phone. If you want a house, get a job and save. Don’t grapple onto free or subsidized housing from the government, which is already on the wrong side of ‘correct’. These God given rules and laws apply to government as well. And it to is forbidden and condemned by God’s Word, from stealing/ taking money from working citizens to “redistribute’ to it’s particular, favored ones. And if you’re honest, you must admit that’s what it does.
Food, hunger is a driving force. It drives people to do one of two things. Most decide to find work to feed themselves and their families. Others choose stealing (even taking from the government is a form of joining into theft!) and by doing so, establish their own, just consequences. Some cultures cut off the hands of a thief . . . which at least resolves one problem. We don’t do that. What we should do, what the Hebrews did, was not lock people up, but decided what their theft cost and made them slaves to the person they stole from, until the debt was paid. Sounds wise.
Regardless, it’s wrong to steal, even if we’re hungry. It’s wrong to steal if you want a “Obama phone” (which means your neighbor is paying for what you don’t want to). God doesn’t reward laziness nor stealing.
We who care would do better to follow God’s lead in these matters. Help a person to be responsible and care for himself … as the saying goes, “Teach a man to fish and he’ll feed himself for a lifetime” Teach a man to be dependent on others or government — and he’ll be angry, greedy, ungrateful and selfish, perhaps for a lifetime.