Is It Right To Be Lazy

Kathy Overshiner


Is it right that a person who works hard for a living, and makes a decent living be ordered to redistribute his wealth (wages) to others who have less?  Is it right that we should all have the same amount? My father worked hard, Monday through Thursday nights and got off Friday morning, only to switch work schedules and work Saturday and Sunday days. I remember only once (one week) he was out of a full time job and during that week my father worked for the neighbor who did logging.  The next week he got his next full time job and worked there for years until he retired. I never heard him complain. He was the type that did not like handouts and felt we should work for what we need and want. We were not rich, but we did get buy. We made do with what we had and did not expect someone else give us what they worked hard for. I never grew up resenting the rich and I never heard my father complain about them. My parents planted a garden of an acre or two and my mother canned the garden produce that supplied us throughout the winter months. I spent many times helping in the garden and with the canning. Today, I still do some canning, but much easier than how my mother did.

 Remember this-a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.  Proverbs 12:24 Work hard and become a leader, be lazy and become a slave.  Proverbs 13:4 Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.  Matthew 25:29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

Is it right to be ordered to give (redistribute their wealth) to others who have less?  2 Corinthians 9: 6-7 But This I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity:  for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 As I interpret this, God is not expecting us to give evenly (redistribute our wealth), but we are to give what our heart is telling us to do.  We can give generously or sparingly; and God will reward us accordingly.  It is not the quantity being given, but the quality of our hearts desires and reasons.  The poor widow gave little, but God considered it a lot because of the proportions she gave and her dedication. Is it right that America is becoming a nanny state? I do believe in helping when there is need, but I do not believe we should continue to support those who are unwilling to work.

 2 Thessalonians 3: 11-14 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers never tire of doing what is right.  If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, In order that he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

 Those who are idle are those who are unwilling to work and receiving support from those who are making a living by ordinary occupations. Paul was instructing us that such people must be disciplined by keeping away from them and not associating with them, but we must help those in real need. Paul no -where teaches that believers ought to give food or money to able bodied people who refuse to work steadily for a living.     I will leave it to the reader to decide if America is becoming a nanny state and what we wish to give, but what- ever we do give, our Lord wants us to give it from the heart that tells us  how much to give, but no matter what, it still belongs to our Lord.