Friday, September 7, 2012

Are 'Entitlements' an Oxymoron? Do you have a right to eat if you won’t work?

From Jerry Newcombe at christianpost.com

…We've turned things upside down in this country, Moore noted. We're punishing the wrong people: "basically we're robbing the productive people of our economy today to give money to people who are unproductive. I don't think that's very Christian either. I mean, it's biblical that says, 'he who does not work, shall not eat.'"

He's referring to a statement from the Apostle Paul that is surely one of the most politically incorrect statements ever uttered: "If a man will not work than neither shall he eat."

The late Dr. D. James Kennedy once noted, "This verse does not refer to a person who is not able to work. The Scripture has a great deal to say about caring for the lame, the blind, the sick, the infirm, the aged, and the young. But if anyone will not work, then neither let that one eat."

Rather than being a cruel statement, this is a kind one, says Kennedy: "Were that not to a large degree followed, wholesale famine and starvation would plague the world." ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10

It's one thing to have a social safety net. It's another thing when virtually half the country is in that safety net, when government-dependence is a way of life. The estimates are that 49 percent of Americans now receive substantial government assistance. Then, I guess the 51 percent of us who are working had better double up our efforts since the rest of the country is counting on us.

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