Sunday Devotional: If anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat

2 Thessalonians 3:7-12

Brothers and sisters:
You know how one must imitate us.
For we did not act in a disorderly way among you,
nor did we eat food received free from anyone.
On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day
we worked, so as not to burden any of you.
Not that we do not have the right.
Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you,
so that you might imitate us.
In fact, when we were with you,
we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work,
neither should that one eat.
We hear that some are conducting themselves
among you in a disorderly way,
by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.
Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ
to work quietly and to eat their own food.

God’s greatest gift to humanity, aside from the gift of life, is the terrifying gift of free will—the favoring of one thing and the eschewal of another, informed by reason.

The Latin root of the word “terrify” is terrificare. To “terrify” is to cause to feel extreme fear. And terrifying precisely is God’s gift of free will, for when our free will is exercised to evil, the consequences are disastrous.

Terrifying though it is, free will is given to humans (and angels) because only by freely electing to believe in, obey, honor, and love God do the preceding acts have authenticity and meaning. For what good is a love that is coerced? As St. Thomas Aquinas put it, “Man has free will: otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain.”¹

¹Summa Theologia of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume One (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1947), p. 418.

The above reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians is a powerful statement against the institution of government-enforced welfare, an institution that has become colossal and immovable in our time in the form of the bloated welfare state.

Christians are exhorted to be charitable. Charity is something voluntarily given to help the poor and the needy, which studies show conservatives give more in both money and services than liberals. (Conservatives also believe more in free will and have stronger will power.)

But welfare, the revenue for which is extracted via confiscatory taxation, is not charity because it is enforced, that is, involuntary. And as St. Paul pointed out in his letter to Philemon, a good deed that is coerced is no longer good:

I did not want to do anything without your consent,
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.

And yet liberal Christians precisely support this enforced charity — which is an oxymoron — in the name of “social justice”. Paradoxically, those same liberal Christians are “pro-choice” when it comes to the government-sanctioned murder of unborn and entirely innocent human beings who most certainly are denied any choice in the matter.

For the martyrdom of Paul, see “St. Paul, whom Christ struck blind”.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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How sad that we no longer have very many True People of Father. Seems like the best that we can do is Kanye O’steen, and Joel West.

Alma
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Alma

Michael, I follow the precepts I was taught in my upbringing, I don’t follow false prophets, they are a mirage, in time they’ll fade away.

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`alma, I apologize for grouping all people into one category, that was not my intention.
I should’ve expanded on my thought of how disabled and handicapped people ARE NOT expected to work, and it seems to me that the ONLY people making good money at their jobs these days ARE THE FALSE PROFITS like Joel O’Steen and Kanye ” I found God two weeks ago and now I’m a preacher” West.

Splitfinger
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Splitfinger

The Thief found Jesus at 1PM on Calvery and he was in paradise with Jesus by 3PM

Alma
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Alma

I’m happy Michael that you are a preacher and above all you found God. You need no apologies for I know your intentions are not addressed towards us. May you always keep HIM in your heart because all things are possible with Him.

Alma
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Alma

And with Your Spirit, Amén. You can labour all day, and rest a while, but the greatest is when all done You thank God for He gave You strength to finish what you had started. God the Father, the Son, and the Spiritu Santo.

William
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The powers of darkness create and encourage dependency and this devalues honest work. And the work that most people do is pointless make-work, just something to kill time while playing out the string. Our society has become deconditioned to earning our daily bread, everybody is now entitled to something or other. There are far too many poverty-stricken people with 1000 dollar iPhones. We need to be withdrawn from this misconception of entitlement as people are withdrawn from addictive drugs. I can’t conceive of any way that is going to happen, when the wheels come off things will get very ugly… Read more »

Splitfinger
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Maybe Liberal Christians are not so Christians conforming Gods Word to Their Liberal Ideas of God… They are people who want to feel Spiritual but have never felt the Holy Spirit nor do they understand GOD. They look symbolically at giving as the car they bought and brag about how shiny it is.. Look How much I do !!! I Think That Altruism is The Foundation of Christ’s Ministry. Everywhere in the New Testament is Selflessness taught . It is the Primary building block for change to become manifest in the Christian from being a Agnostic For by living for… Read more »

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chemtrailssuck

Faith without works is dead. Excellent message Dr. E!