October 24, 2022/in Manna Monday /by Ken Korkow

It is very sad – and damaging – that parents, businesses, and even government institutions fail – or refuse – to follow sound, proven biblical principles.

Parents continue to support their children well into adulthood, either because the youngsters are desperately in debt or simply lack the motivation to move on and experience the challenges, frustrations – and rewards – of living. learn to live independently.

Some companies, perhaps in the name of compassion or sympathy, continue to hire unproductive and unmotivated employees for fear that their dismissal will cause them distress and prevent them from meeting their financial obligations and supporting themselves. of their family.

Recently, I found it necessary to fire a man who had been contracted to do much-needed construction work on our ranch for disabled and battle-scarred military veterans. The job was no small one – it would cost upwards of $70,000 – but three times the man failed to show up to do the job he had promised. We hired another company and the work has since been completed. Even though this contractor later explained some of the issues he had struggled with, I still had work to do – and he hadn’t honored his commitment.

Governments are notorious for creating dependency among the people they govern. Just one example: the Food Stamp Program in the United States, administered by the Department of Agriculture, is proud to distribute the largest number of free meals and food stamps ever, to over 46 million people.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, run by the US Department of the Interior, is making this request to visitors to national parks: “Please Do Not Feed the Animals”. The reason given for this policy is that “animals will become dependent on donations and will not learn to take care of themselves”.

I’m all for helping people when they have legitimate needs, and the Bible affirms the importance of doing so. Ezekiel 16:49, for example, makes a startling observation:Now, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and the needy..”

We are called to help those we meet who are in need, but the scriptures also warn against helping people in such a way that it creates permanent dependency. The apostle Paul, addressing a problem of idleness among the people who were part of the ancient church at Thessalonica, gave this warning: “Because even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “He who does not want to work must not eat”(2 Thessalonians 3:10).

Interestingly, a similar prohibition was presented by Russian leader Vladimir Lenin as a necessary principle under socialism. It was included in the Russian Constitution of 1918. Lenin’s goal was not to advance Christianity and confidence in the Bible, but even he recognized the validity of this economic precept.

As business leaders and professionals, we must be sensitive and attentive to the needs of the people who work for and with us. But we are doing them an injustice by allowing them to do less than acceptable work. As Proverbs 16:26 observes, “The worker’s appetite works for him; his hunger pushes him.

Ken Korkow lives in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where he is Regional Manager for CBMC. This is adapted from his “Fax of Life” column. Used with permission.

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