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Sunday Dialogue: ‘If you don’t work, you don’t eat!’

"Working for family, home, and America
"Working for family, home, and America
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God created the world and the people in it, and He alone knows what is involved in all of that.

He alone knows the beginning from the end of all things.

He did not put Adam and Eve in the garden to live a labor-free life of luxury, but gave them a job. Yes, a job. He did not just put them down on a tropical island and allow them to bask in the sun, eat the fruit from the trees, play video games and text message or stay on Facebook all day. They were to tend the garden. They were to work. They were to earn their keep.

God created work. The human body was designed to work. The muscles in the body were not just for carrying the body around, but to work. Ever see one of those alien creatures with little body, huge head, and big eyes? Maybe that is a foretelling of future generations when they will have more brain power than physical power.

This verse tells it all 2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

You do not have to be a Christian or have any religious beliefs to understand this fundamental principle. Working is fundamental to eating. Eating is fundamental to living, and in order for you to do both someone has got to work.

If the farmer does not plant the beans, you won’t eat. If the tailor does not make the clothes, you go naked. If the mother does not nurse her child – it dies. I could go on here forever listing the various occupations (jobs) that people do every day.

Our forefathers worked hard to provide us with what we have today - that which we take so for granted. My father once told my brother, when he was a young, boy that going to work every day is as common as getting up and putting your socks on – you don’t think about it you just do it.

Half of the world lives in poverty – most because the people don’t work; and because they do not use the brains that God gave them to explore ways to work to feed their families.

And then there is the other side of work. Working to provide for one’s family is honorable and most accepted, but work for greed, prestige at any cost, and to work at the cost of all other important things can also be a sin.

Some Americans seem to be obsessed with making money… in order to spend money because they covet the things and lifestyles that money can buy at the cost of everything else. The Bible does not say making money is a sin, but the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. The worship of money and things have become more important than people and even our country. People would rather worship and depend on money than God.

Schools do not prepare children for life, but to get a job. And not just any job, they place going to college far above the trades and other talents. People from every country flock into America to claim part of the America dream which used to mean having a job and working. In some cases, it now means living off of the American people.

Today, so many young people look for pie-in-the sky jobs which they think will bring high pay and little work. They don’t want to pay the “dues” that others have paid. And, on the other hand, they are some who are satisfied to work a minimum wage job the rest of their lives. While they have little training and skills, they want high pay for low level jobs.

Parents have abdicated their “parental thrones” as head of the family, and either they work themselves into oblivion to give to their children things they really don’t need, or they sit back and expect the government to feed and clothe them. Of course, this is not true of everyone, but the two extremes. The government has no job, no income, but what they take from the people to redistribute.

There are many reasons why people cannot work; –illness, infirmities, mental disorders, but they are the exception rather than the rule. And those who do work are admonished to take care of those who CANNOT work; but not those who are able bodied and capable of working.

Many people do not work because they do not want to work. They feel if they can’t be president of the company, they are too good to empty the company garbage cans. They feel the world owes them a living.

J.C. Penny started to work when he was eight years old to buy his own clothes.

We have allowed the government to become the parent of the nation – the Constitution never intended that – people settled this nation, fought for our freedom and took the natural resources provided in this country by God to do marvelous works. Ever watch the History Channel when they explore some of these marvelous things we enjoy, and how they came to be? They were not ordered from a catalog or ordered from some foreign country they were made in America. This country was founded on the backs of hard working people.

They discovered, designed, and built from what God had provided with great pride. Foot- log bridges are a far cry from those masterpieces we have in America today, but the infrastructure of America is crumbling for lack of funds and care. Tax money is not being spent for which it was originally intended but for unnecessary and frivolous things. And it is then blamed on Social Security and Medicare which are not free services; but paid for by the recipients.

The words, “Made in the USA” used to mean something. Today you see nothing but cheap, inferior things that say “Made in China;” a country that one day will own America. America wastes billions of dollars on cheap plastic. Use it one time, and it throw away wasting money that could feed thousands of children who are living in poverty.

Ever see a Mama in the store, buy her kids a toy just to shut them up? He will play with it for an hour, and she will scream at him the rest of his early years to pick up all those toys in his room. Billions are down the toilet every year buying toys that are rarely played with. Oops! Billions thrown in landfills.

Americans have people to fix their cars, clean their houses, tend to their children, do their yard work, and so many other things; and yes, these provide jobs for other people, but there is no production here – nothing is created or made – or produced. These are service oriented jobs; not jobs to produce tangible goods for daily needs.

In a catastrophic event, how long could America stand on her own two feet?

We lost car factories, textile mills, and now most of our food is produced in other countries. We hire illegals to do the work that others do not want to do at low wages. And folks that is slavery.

The welfare rolls continue to grow and from one generation to another, and that is not fair to the younger generation; to never know anything but government housing, crime, and meager food stamps.

At one time, slaves were brought over here in ships and today we just allow them to cross the border. A man is worthy of his hire. If a man does a day’s work, he should be paid a day’s wage. Read the Bible story of the workers in the vineyard. God’s Word equates work as a metaphor in these verses to show how working was not just in the vineyard, but also working in the kingdom of God.

America is a baby among nations; and yet she had taken on the role of parent to the rest of the world. America has given money, resources and re-built nations estimated too high to count; and who will help rebuild America when she falls?

The margin grows smaller every year – fewer people working – more taxes – less tax money spent wisely and one day both ends will meet in the middle.

God knew that work would produce goods and goods would produce healthy and happy people. And He knew that work would produce food – the commodity that keeps people alive.

We have become a very angry nation, and rage is abounding on every highway and street corner; not to mention schools and public places. We have lost the value of human life. People are so down and depressed that they lose common sense and the sense of what is right and wrong. They are missing fulfilling lives because they do not work.

Why work when you can steal for a living – take that which does not belong to you either at gunpoint or in some dole line. Why work when you can sell drugs and make a lot more money; that only leaves you empty inside and in the end no hope, joy, or peace.

Hard working minimum wage people give to celebrities through their productions and products and make them multi- millionaires while they cannot afford to send their children to college. Take a look at where your money goes: Top baseball player receives 26 million, top movie star receives about 30 million a year – top female singer receives two-hundred and twenty million dollars. Check out this site to see where your hard earned money goes.

Our government helps a lot of people who need it, but they also encourage unemployment and poverty, and they try to make up the difference from the middle income hard working people.

Why work when you can rob some poor hardworking shopkeeper, and why stop at robbing when you can kill them to prevent a witness. Big deal, if you are caught, you get to live in a nice clean jail. You have a place to sleep, and food to eat and you still don’t have to work for it.

People, who do not work, often do not understand the principle behind working – it is not just to earn a paycheck, but also to earn respect and self-esteem for one’s self, and to provide for one’s own family. It gives you pride and standing in your family and community. It makes you like and value yourself which is precursory for liking and valuing others.

Work is healthy – both physically and mentally – Americans with all of their gyms and exercise machines are some of the most unhealthy people in the world. Women used to hang their clothes out on the line to dry rather than doing push-ups. They got fresh air, exercise, saved fuel energy and increased their own physical energy.

And it did not cost them a membership, and they saved money as well. Wash the clothes, throw them in the dryer, and head to the gym. Hire a yard man – head to the gym. Hire someone to wash the car and head to the gym.

Children are increasingly becoming obese, diabetic, and unhealthy because they do not earn their calories. They eat unhealthy take-out food – because it is easier and less work to provide – and easier to clean up afterwards. Parents are tired after working all day, fighting traffic, dealing with work problems, and they just want to chill out when they get home. Or find some kind of entertainment.

America is all about entertainment. It was predicted by Forbes that Americans would spend 2.5 Billion dollars on video games in the year 2013.

Not all feet fit the same shoes, but if the shoe fits, wear it. By the way, where have all the shoe repair shops gone? Buy cheap shoes, ruin your feet, throw them out and buy more; support China.

America has become far more interested in building the economy than building strong, healthy, intelligent children who will make a difference in the world even if it does not increase the bottom line of the economy. Something is not working here – we owe more money than could ever have been visualized a few decades ago both personally and nationally.

America has sacrificed her children on the altar of finance and money. It has been a trickle-down effect. Some women feel that it is necessary to raise the standard of living for the family; rather than raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. God bless them one and all.

Work is good. A good economy is good. But children are even better. Not all women have a choice about working, and many are overloaded and stressed beyond bounds; handling two or more jobs, and trying to hold a home together. Some of this is due to them not having been taught about the importance of choices, and with choices come consequences. Some of them are just victims in some way, or another, and like I heard a lady say one time, “I’d rather work any day than to stay at home with four children even if I didn’t get paid.” There are only so many energy drinks, and so many hours in a day; and a woman or man, having a demanding career and attempting to bring up children, surely knows that one of both are going to be lacking.

My grandmother lived to be 93 years old and never owned a pair of tennis shoes. She washed in a black wash pot, hung her clothes on a line and, talk about pumping iron. She did the pressing with a cast iron – non- electric iron – one that had to be heated on a hot stove in all seasons, and she chopped the wood for both the pot and the stove.

That was just the way it had to be in those days. People worked hard, used their God-given abilities to get their work done.

Millions of products have been produced to change the standard of living, but it did little to change the standard of the family. It is not always what you have, but what you do with what you have. Work is not just for a job or workplace. Work is something that needs to be done no matter the consequences. There seems to be a philosophy today that if it is too much work, just let it slide, avoid the hassle, ignore it, and it will go away; both in homes and the government. Give the barking dog a bone and move on to more fun and entertaining things.

I heard my grandmother say one time, “I may not have had all those new fangled machines to help run my household, but I always knew where my children were, and what they were doing, and who they were with.” She raised ten. Some children today are generically raised by day care, baby sitters, and themselves as latch key kids.

My grandmother lived by the adage, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop!” Ever notice how people always have to have their hands busy? It is a shame that families sit down to the “bring it home in a box” dinner and sit at the table text messaging and playing video games, and doing silly stuff on Facebook. Their little kids just sit there; while precious time is slipping by, and with so many teachable moments lost forever. Meal finished, boxes thrown in the trash, kids off to another room or another place and parents the same.

It is sad today that many families just co-exist as roommates in college. The years just slip by and while these kids are forced to sit in the school day after day and learn premeditated lessons, they are not learning how to live successful, healthy lives.

There was a time in this country when parents felt as strong a desire for their children to have a religious education as much as an academic education. While they allowed their children to choose their own path, there have been others who have steadfastly been teaching their children to hate theirs.

Are we to condemn and ridicule those who are unable to work – note unable to work – NO! A thousand times no. We are to work not only for our own families but with Christian love and charity so that we can give to others that are deserving, but cannot provide for themselves. But when we continually help others to stay in poverty, then we are not helping them at all.

One time it was the duty of the church to feed the poor, and clothe the naked and to do unto others as they would have others to unto them. When the government took over, many churches stopped.

The government only gives the hand-out – and not a hand up. When the church was the chief charity provider – they could minster to the whole person and not just their physical needs; but also, their spiritual needs as well.

“If you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day; if you teach a man how to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.”

The poverty level in this nation is color blind – it is not black, white, Hispanic, or Asian. This past week a young black man named Jason Riley was on TV talking about his new book called. “Please Stop Helping Us!” You may want to check it out on Amazon.

There are at least sixty-one verses in the Bible that teaches the importance of a good work ethic. Here are but a few:

There are at least sixty-one verses in the Bible that teaches the importance of a good work ethic. Here are but a few:
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
Proverbs 14:23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.
Proverbs 10:4 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
Proverbs 12:11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
Psalm 128:2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

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