In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created light and darkness and separated them into morning and evening. He created water and land, then vegetation. The universe and all its expanse was created and then creatures were put on the land and in the sea. Lastly, God created Adam from the dust of the earth. God put Adam in the garden to work it and take care of it. This is the first episode of GOD giving work to the man. God Himself ordained work at the very beginning!
Adam did not spend his days sitting around idly, there was work to be done tilling the garden and even naming the animals! We can further expound on the realistic need for work as per Saint Paul’s discourses in the new testament.
When Paul addressed the church of Thessalonica, he rebuked those who ambled about idly. He commanded that they earn the bread they eat, (Thes. 3:6-12) Paul said, “If a man does not work, he shall not eat and also that they should never tire of doing what is right.”
I’m curious about the reasons our modern church condones welfare for able-bodied people and even worse, have yet to any pastors rebuking lazy and idle people! It’s no surprise that the present social system is not working, but the church hasn’t yet admitted that welfare and is not Biblical.
We must remember that provision is commanded, but the specified for certain people. James 1:27, Tells us that true religion is looking after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unsoiled from the world. I t says nothing about providing for able-bodied men, (or women for that matter). The Bible directs us that even women and mothers have their work cut out for them, thus Paul sets down the ground rules for the work order for the whole community.
1 Tim. 1:6 Tells us that widows cannot be provided for unless they were over sixty, faithfully supported her husband, provided hospitality, raised children, washing the feet of saints, and devoting herself to all kinds of service. God ordained everyone with a job to do. Even the children were commanded to learn and mind their parents.
Part of the problem is non-supervision of the children of dual-income families and no mentor ship of children from single-parent households. Whose fault is that…the church! We are responsible for taking under our wing and teaching children and parents. We have greatly neglected the duty to our converts in place of embracing leisure and pleasure.
God’s people, (and all people) perish for lack of knowledge. Again and again this refrain rings in my heart and applies to every person God created in His precious plan!
Another problem is the lack of modeling and raising children under the admonition of the Lord. When little children see laziness, they emulate their parents. The church must model godly and honest entrepreneurship or our way of life as it is will collapse. The working and middle class are already strained by the illegal immigrants, incarcerated and able-bodied dependents who are draining our economy with all the food stamps and health care. The FDA, medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies are also perpetuating sedentary lifestyles, poor health and obesity, but that is subject for another blog. If this trend continues, America will surely collapse.
We can balk and mock the laws set down by God, but He originally created a world and systems of order. His perfect way is without flaw and without chaos. We, in our own selfish rebellious perspectives have strayed from His wise and glorious path and through neglect are paying heavy consequences. When we are obedient, trusting and following His commands we will always enjoy prosperity and provision. The fear, (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and when we adopt our thoughtless mindsets and opinions of how to run a country, community and family, we will ultimately fail. All the answers to our well-being are in God’s word.
My father, Teofilo Ferrer Cepeda was born in Puerto-Rico in 1929 to an industrious, God-fearing Catholic mother. He was a born entrepreneur at the tender age of 8, selling produce from his parents farm to support his mother and seven brothers and sisters! Papito handed down his strict, no-nonsense work ethic to me and though as a rebellious teenager, despised having to work hard every summer vacation, I now enjoy the fruits and lessons from my beloved father. Today, I’m proud to give God and him the credit for nurturing a deeply-ingrained creative and productive spirit that has supported me through the many storms of my life!
This American culture seems to have bred in its citizens and new immigrants a lazy and selfish mentality. When my mother arrived here from Germany with my father, she didn’t know a word of English. She learned all she could by watching TV. Today, after many decades of faithful service to her job, she is a supervisor. The spirit of entrepreneurship and productivity has greatly diminished and I wonder how did the welfare mentality start and why do the recipients think the world owes them? College students graduate expecting a $60,000 a year job, without doing a thing? I’ve seen inmates at the sides of the freeway picking up garbage and litter. They should be taught a skill to learn to be self-sufficient How are the inmates being supported? The taxpayers!
I say teach these men the value of productivity. Teach them to build their living quarters, teach them how to grow their own food. Gifted and skilled men and women should be the carpenters, farmers, teachers and soul sculptors. Our welfare system is not working and it’s time for the think tanks to start thinking logically with what God had in mind in the beginning!
The church has a responsibility to rehabilitate the broken, lost and dying. Mother Teresa is a perfect example of one voice who spoke out into the darkness and touched millions of lives in her lifetime. Her solution was mentoring the young sisters under her to model and give a loving hands on approach to every person who came with a need. The church must step up to the plate, not giving a random hand outs but mentoring with tough love. we must once again instill values of honor, dignity and hard, dedicated work. God has placed a purpose in each and every person. The trick is helping that person to find their niche.
Let us thoughtfully reinstate a pattern for the next generation to follow. There is still time to turn this Titanic around!