Today’s scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Most Christians would agree that we’re not to be burdens on anyone else; rather,
we are to pay our own way. We know we’re to work to earn a paycheck and pay our
bills, buy our food, and care for our families.
And yes, we would agree that if someone is lazy and just wants to sit around
twiddling his thumbs, waiting for someone else to care for him, he shouldn’t
get any handouts.
However, what about those who are truly struggling? Those who have been out of
work for months—maybe even a year or two—and have been diligently looking for
work? They’ve taken odd jobs here and there, but they just haven’t been able to
Shouldn’t they be able to seek assistance?
Now, I’m not talking about the “professional panhandler,” those people who have
learned they can make good money standing on street corners with a sign “Will
work for food.” I’m talking about those who really, truly want to work, but
can’t seem to find a job.
Or those with true disabilities who can’t work. They need assistance too.
I think Paul is talking to those of us who can
work and don’t. If we can work, and we have access to work, then we should
work. Otherwise, we’re being slothful … and that’s a sin.