The Christian and Welfare


According to the Census Bureau, more people in America today are on welfare than have full-time jobs. In just the three years from 2009 to 2011 (latest available statistics), there was a 40% rise in food stamp recipients. A recent Cato Institute study found that in 35 states welfare now pays more than minimum wage work. So why work, if the government will give you the same compensation for not working? Because our Lord demands it.


Christians are to help those who cannot work. But the Word is clear concerning those who will not work. They should not be aided in their sin. Lazy and idle people harm society, and even worse, themselves and their families.

If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. II Thessalonians 3:10

He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4


 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. Proverbs 13:4


Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10