By: Rev. Joe Kramer
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
-Proverbs 6:6-11 (NIV)
I don’t know about most people, but I am sick and tired of people who could be productive members of society sitting at home and doing nothing with their lives. God expects us to be productive! He expects us to be active members of society!
I know this seems like a rant, perhaps because it is, but I don’t think I am wrong here. I think there are too many illegitimate cases of people in our society “riding the system” and taking advantage of the “safety net.” The problem with people who are riding the system is that they are taking up valuable space for those who need ACTUAL HELP.
How do we stop this kind of thing? Well, only when churches stop being big temples of man and actually help the trodden down and the people who need help. The government was never supposed to take care of people. This job was supposed to be done by the church (c.f The book of Acts). The church wasn’t doing the job, so the government stepped in, the problem is that the government never gets anything done fast, properly, and at budget. The government spends way to much money and wastes resources.
What can we do individually? Well we need to start praying and humbling ourselves before an almighty God and ask Him to intercede in our churches and then in our society. Not the other way around. God starts judgment with His people first. What will you do today? The Choice is yours.