Americans are generous, caring people. No one can deny that. But generosity to help must be balanced by hard work and effort by those being helped. In a speech about the Food Stamp Program, Congressman Stephen Fincher quoted the Bible and said, “ When we were with you, we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2Thessalonians 3.10). (By the way, that is an accurate quote which has been read and followed for a long time. It’s not a new idea.)
Fincher did not say if an adult CANNOT work he should not eat. He stated if an adult WILL NOT work he should not eat. Everyone one of us must develop personal responsibility. God hard-wired that principle into each of us. Anything less is unhealthy and harmful to us, our children, and our city.
Not long ago, a lady sat in my office. “I’ve quit my job. I discovered I can receive more money from various social and government assistance programs than I can going to work 8 hours a days.” Do we want that attitude to become dominant in our city? NO! Was Stephen Fincher right in what he said when he’s properly understood? YES!