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I keep hearing the phrase “entitlement spending” in every political discussion about the economy, taxes and the national budget deficit. I wonder sometimes if everyone who uses the phrase means the same thing by it, but I don’t wonder very long because it’s obvious everyone has their own definition (usually, what I am going to get isn’t “entitlement” but what you want the government to pay for is entitlement). And sometimes people are pretty open about their philosophy that demands the government provide a minimum standard of living for people regardless of their capacity or efforts to work. Minimum wage should be $X, or health care should be free, housing should be inexpensive, or people without jobs should receive income, and somehow the money to provide all this can come from the smaller group of people who still produce more than they consume. But regardless of your economic school of thought, the proverb’s reality will still hold true: Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
(Proverbs 28:19 ESV)
Those who work hard will usually find a way to provide for their families, and those who waste their time will always be on the edge of disaster (poverty). It is one thing to be a society whose people are willing and eager to help others when trouble strikes—who would really want it any other way? But it is a foolish thing to establish a society in which those who waste their time in “worthless pursuits” are thought to be entitled to be supported by those who work and produce.
Lord give us wisdom to understand when and how we should be charitable.
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