Monday, July 31, 2006

A Shameful Trend

Louis Uchitelle and David Leonhart of the NYT wrote a feature story entitled: Men Not Working, and Not Wanting Just Any Job.

Sometimes a good, hard-working man loses his job and has a very hard time finding another - sometimes the human body gives out and a man must rely on disability income. But that's not what this article addresses.

This article is about the growing trend of healthy men deciding not to work...because they prefer to sleep 9.5 hrs/day, because they prefer to read and play piano, because they view the jobs available to them as beneath their dignity, because they choose to rely on their wife's income.

What does the Bible have to say about this?
  • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men - Col 3:23
  • Make it your ambition with your hands - I Thes 4:11
  • If a man will not work, he shall not eat - II Thes 3:10
  • If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever - I Tim 5:8

Not only is a man to provide for his family, but he is supposed to work so that he can contribute to the church and to the needs of others - the poor, those who face some emergency, missionaries, etc.

This story points to the unabashed selfishness of our society. It is shameful.