Friday, March 30, 2012
Now, I don't know their stories, but their own words do them no favors. And, unlike some of my friends, I don't blame the president, since this goes too far back to blame one leader or one party. I blame the culture we have created, where the successful and wealthy are demonized and those who do not work are coddled, pitied, and lifted up to encourage guilt for success.
Yes, there are those who really do need help. I understand that the economy is in shambles and unemployment is high. I also understand that not everyone is like these people, but when we insult and criticize the successful for not doing "their part," what do we say to these? Are they doing theirs?
Don't you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? "If you don't work, you don't eat." And now we're getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don't slack off in doing your duty.
If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don't let him get by with it. Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading. Maybe then he'll think twice. But don't treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-15 The Message Bible