Read 2 Thessalonians 3
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act, instituting social welfare in the United States.
Social welfare is a very good idea to help those who need assistance and actually follows the teachings of Jesus to love one another. When someone chooses welfare as a career choice, however, it is direct opposition to Paul’s direction to the church in Thessalonica.
Paul says, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” He doesn’t say if they don’t work, or can’t work. It says if they are unwilling to work, they should not eat.
I’m not using this as a political sounding board for welfare reform, my political views aside, Biblical truth is my quest. I want for anyone reading this to understand that if you are unwilling to work (again this does not mean unable), then you should not be drawing any assistance from anywhere else. This means from family, friends, charity, insurance, or the government.
Work is a burden, but skirting work puts a double burden on someone else. I urge you to lift your burden and work with gladness knowing you are doing your part.
“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10