One thing about my family, everyone works to earn a living. We expected our children to work hard; we trained them that way. Now, they teach their children the value of money and what they can accomplish when they put their heart into their work. We made them help in laborious and backbreaking areas to show them the jobs they might have to do if they didn’t complete their education. As a result, they are all handy around the house and are unafraid to get their hands dirty. I’m very proud of them.
We see able-bodied people today living off government handouts, laying around the house, getting fat, and allowing others to pay their way through this life; it’s pathetic. I’ve seen and rented homes to them, and it irritated me at how conniving they were to get handouts; I didn’t participate, making them work extra hard to get their free rent. If they had put that kind of effort into a job, they would probably have more than enough income to pave their way through society.
Scripture says that if you don’t work, you don’t eat. It’s the one scripture used often, not taken out of context. The words may not be exact, but they are scriptural, and it also says to stay away from such people. Paul worked in addition to teaching God’s word. He had every right to get paid for his work in the ministry but never wanted to be a burden to others. Our society would be so much better if we stopped paying people to be idle.
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
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Thessalonians 3:13-14