Welfare has become a curse in our nation, handed down from one generation to the next. In 1900 less than one tenth of one percent of the GNP was spent on welfare programs while today we spend nearly one half of the entire federal budget (trillions of dollars through 185 welfare programs) to feed and house those who are unwilling to work. Scripture says that “If any would not work, neither should he eat”. Many of the recipients say they can’t find work but the fact is they can find work because either they don’t think it pays enough to maintain their lifestyle or it doesn’t pay as much as welfare. This curse (and that is just what it is ~ a curse) fits into the category of ‘the sins of the fathers visited on the third and fourth generation’ and will most likely be the demise of our nation. History demonstrates that most of the powerful societies of the past have fallen because of weakness within rather than without. This welfare drain on the productive part of our workforce combined with the loss of productivity because of those who are lazy, will likely bring about an economic disaster. Almost every economic indicator known today shows that this crisis is very near. But whether it comes sooner or later, it behooves the Christian to live within his means, discontinue borrowing, eliminate debt, and invest in hard assets such as gold, land and other tangible assets.

 

The apostle Paul elaborated on this principle when he said, “nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you”. (11 Thessalonians 3:8) God commands us to work and earn our living and if we don’t work or if we are taking welfare in order to maintain a higher standard of living, we are living in sin. The Lord will not bless those for He said, “if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”

 

Certainly there are those who are unable to work due to severe illness or handicap, widows and abandoned children and they must be cared for, but the sheer magnitude of the dollars spent today for welfare dictates how we have fallen into this evil curse that has been carried on generation to generation. In the parable of the talents, “His lord said to him, well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:21). Only the Lord can save us from ourselves!

 

The desire of the lazy man kills him,

For his hands refuse to labor . . . (Proverbs 21:25)