Friday, February 27, 2009

IF A MAN WON'T WORK, NEITHER LET HIM EAT

Because the government doesn't always follow Biblical principles, sometimes those who are unwilling to work are still provided food, shelter, and clothing. This is hard for Christians to understand. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians,
"For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. (2 Thess. 3:10)"
There has always been the expectation that able-bodied people work and provide for themselves. Those who can work but won't are a burden on everyone else. "3 The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked. 4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich."1 Christians, who are characterized by generosity, are under no obligation to feed those who won't work. It might seem heartless and difficult to follow, but lazy people don't learn their lesson if they are continually supported and excused for bad behavior. If God rejects the craving of the wicked, so should we. OUCH! That's hard to write, but it's true.
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1. Proverbs 10:3-4

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:23 PM

    True! A man that doesn't work is a poor excuse for being a man! He needs to be the head and get in line with the word. The Bible says, if a man doesn't work he shall not eat. There are so many lazy men out in this world and feels they are owed this. I don't think so! He's just plain ole lazy. Since he can't or won't provide women need to leave him be and let him defend for himself. If you have to move out on your own you can make it and that's if you rely on God's help and depend upon God and not that man. Being Lazy Lazy is uncalled for! Let him see what's it like. The Lord sees it all. Go for it ladies. Why suffer with him and you can prosper without him. Jesus is LORD!

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  2. Anonymous11:10 AM

    Read 1 John 3:16-18 recently? Or did you bother to look at the context of 2 Thessalonians 3, where Paul makes it clear that he is referring to busybodies, and concludes in verse 13 that we ought not to get tired of doing good for those who need it? I can just hear people now, "But, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and refuse to feed you?" (cf. Mt 25:44).

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    1. "16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." 1 Jn 3:16-18

      This passage says for me to love my brother and to do good to him. But if he is disobedient to God, I am not to support him or even eat with him. There is a point where we discern the fruit of the person and conclude that we shake the dust from our feet and move on. Jesus said not to cast your pearls before the swine which means at a certain point you stop because to continue only creates dependency.

      Now Anonymous, do you not know these things? 2 Thessalonians 3 says, "11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, DOING NO WORK AT ALL, but acting like busybodies." Do you choose to be willfully ignorant and not recognize what Paul is saying? Do you prop up those around you who refuse to work and carry their load because that's what Paul is talking about. Paul said they are not working, but are instead being busybodies. That's not the same as how you put it "get tired of doing good for those who need it?" You seem to be rejecting what Paul says. Certainly, even busybodies "needed" food but were not to be supplied it by Christians because they refuse to work.

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