by Jody Sparks
In our country, a growing number of people are on Government welfare. Some got laid off and can’t find another job, although they are doing their best. Others, however, either never worked, so that they could get on welfare, or quit working and now rely on Government funding so they don’t have to keep on looking for work and provide for themselves.
Welfare is a system that was set up, so that when a person got fired, they could have something to fall back on when they ran out of money between jobs. It was never meant as a permanent life style, but it is being lived like one. I went to school with many kids who never planned on going to college because they knew that as soon as they were old enough, they could just get on welfare. They were raised on this mentality, and will most likely pass this lazy life style down to their children too. This is destructive to the economy.
The Government is taking money from hard earned Americans, and giving that money on to people who refuse to work. There are over 100 million people on welfare today! It is a grossly huge number! When I first saw how many people were relying on the work of others to provide for them, I was shocked, and thought that it was a fluke, or a joke.
But sadly, this terrifying number is true. Over 100 MILLION people are on welfare today! America has tried things like this before, and if we were to look back at our history, we would see that America is on a downward spiral.
In the early 1600’s there was a settlement called Jamestown. They tried this type of government, and it failed miserably. The people of Jamestown pooled their food together in a central place, and each person was to contribute to the pile. Each person was only allowed to take a certain amount of food out, and when everyone was working, it appeared to work just fine. No one was getting more food than anyone else, everyone was equal, and no one went hungry. There was plenty of food in the area, but many people starved and died!
You see, a few people stopped working. A few stopped planting, stopped growing, and stopped harvesting. They just took from the pile of food that everyone else was contributing to. More people saw that the few weren’t working anymore and followed suit. This continued, until even the hard working people, the most honest, and diligent people there, were starving because they had to contribute all of their food to the common pool, and divide it up. Eventually enough people weren’t working to completely ruin the colony. The little food that was being added, was nowhere near enough to provide for everyone there, and the people refused to start working again.
Something similar is happening today. As more and more people stop working, and start relying on others to provide for them, the country is feeling the effects. The economy is in a recession, and those people who had enough money from working, suddenly don’t have enough to feed themselves or their families because they are having to support others as well. Those who were middle class, are more and more becoming lower class when it comes to money. As more and more people take advantage of our failing economy, it falls faster and faster.
Not only is the welfare system a bad idea when it comes to the economy, and government, it is also unscriptural.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:10 it says “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
This is very clear. If a man is not willing to provide for himself, then he should not eat. The Bible is clear on it’s support for self reliance.
Mark 10:7 says “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,”
This verse does have to do with marriage, but notice that it says that a man shall leave his father and mother and be with his wife. Not bring his wife to his parents so that mommy and daddy can take care of them. We need to behave like adults in this country and work for ourselves instead of relying on others to give us our food. There is nothing wrong with being down on your luck and not being able to find a job to support yourself as long as you are still trying to find work to do. But when you stop looking for a job, when you give up looking for ways to be self sustaining, then you are in the wrong. If you are unwilling to work, you should be just as unwilling to eat.