Jason Greenslate. He’s the most recent “poster-child” of what’s broken in American society.
During an investigation into the record number of food stamp recipients, Fox News reporter John Roberts met Greenslate, a surfer and rocker, who is living the self-described “Rattlife” in San Diego.
Although Jason attended college and is a trained recording engineer, he told Roberts he has no paycheck because holding down a steady job isn’t for him. So, the 29-year old “suffer dude” signed up for SNAP. He receives $200 a month in taxpayer money for food. Greenslate simply said, “I don’t got a paycheck coming in, so I qualify.”
He said that he preferred bunking rent-free with his friends, family, and occasional girlfriends, not holding a steady job, and jamming on some tunes.
He said his schedule was to “wake up, go down to the beach, hang out with my friends, hit on some chicks, start drinking,”
Then it was off to the gourmet section of the grocery store where Greenslate bought sushi and lobster with his EBT card. Unabashedly he told Roberts, “All paid for by our wonderful tax dollars.”
Greenslate defended his lifestyle. “This is the way I live and I don’t see anything changing.” Then added, “Why would it be bad in any way? It’s free food. It’s awesome.”
Aside from any societal, economic, or political considerations, there is a missing spiritual element that is alarming. And it’s more pervasive than people scamming our welfare system. It’s the inherent attitude that the American work-ethic is outdated. Old fashioned. And to be avoided.
The Bible teaches differently.
“For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.” (2 Thess 3:10-12, NIV)
Here are five things I know about work.
(1) Work is ordained by God. In the very beginning man was created to work (Gen. 2:15). God worked in the creation of the world. Jesus Christ was sent to the earth to work. And man was made to work. Laziness is condemned and diligence commended in Scripture (Prov. 6:6-11).
(2) There is honor in work. “Honor lies in honest toil’ once said Grover Cleveland. “There are no menial jobs,” wrote William Bennet, “only menial attitudes.” Work allows us to be productive. To be a positive force in society instead of a burden (Gal 6:4-5).
(3) Work allows me to provide for my family. (1 Tim. 5:8). The Bible teaches personal responsibility. It’s my place to provide. To work. To take care of my own people.
(4) Christ is proclaimed when I work. When we work honestly, eagerly and enthusiastically, Jesus is honored. His name is glorified. And His values are exemplified (Eph. 6:5-9).
(5) Work provides the resources to help the needy. (Eph 4:28) Lest someone misinterpret this post, we are not opposed to helping those less fortunate. God wants us to help the poor. The hurting. The hungry. (Matt 25:31-46). There are widows and orphans who need our assistance. (Jas. 1:27).
People may fall on hard times due to circumstances beyond their control. Disease. Disability. Divorce. Or the death of a family member may render us unable to work, or to fully provide. As Americans, and as Christians, we ought to extend our hearts, hands and our monetary resources to assist.
However, the entitlement mentality that is content to sponge off of others is wrong! People that can work, ought to work. People like Jason Greenslate should be ashamed! Society shouldn’t enable those who shun personal responsibility, show disdain for work, and display contempt for hard-working citizens financing their laziness.
Frankly, I like the rule: “If a man won’t work, he shouldn’t eat.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman