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BLOG: The green heroine against the call to work

Dependence on government aid continues to be a significant economic and societal problem. Recently, some writers have sounded the alarm by labeling the current giveaways of the CARES Act as a form of “green heroine”. This addiction to green dollars has made free lunch addicts lose the desire to work.

The reality is that 150 million people have received stimulus checks of $ 1,200, and 25 million people have received a weekly supplement of $ 600 to their unemployment checks, and handouts continue to flow. Unfortunately, this new money created new users and cemented a prospect of addiction with many established addicts. Why would the unemployed look for work, take a job or go back to work when they can make more money by collecting stimulus and unemployment checks?

This unprecedented large-scale distribution of government money has produced this freshly normalized outlook for some in our country. Freebies keep Americans out of work, which has dire consequences for the economy. The effect of this is being felt by businesses, many of which cannot open their doors or have to reduce their hours because they cannot find a sufficient source of labor.

Matthew Nicaud, in his article “Government Handouts Continue to Stagnate Economic Output,” states that “there is perhaps no more destructive force to destroy the motivation and work ethic of a workforce. works as the sedative of government handouts ”. He adds, “When the government distributes the entitlement dollars to citizens, it sends the message that the state nanny will provide some or all of their income. Consuming and relying on this nanny sedative has frightening implications for America.

The tangible implications of the government’s CARES program raised a vital and fundamental question: Why work?

Work counts. And for those of us of religious belief, work matters to God, now and forever. Work is inherently good. God was, is and will continue to be a worker. We are its image carriers. A component of this carrier image is created in His likeness as workers. God designed us to work, and it is an essential part of our humanity.

By God’s command, Adam and Eve were to maintain and care for the Garden of Eden and to fill the earth and subdue it. Work is not a responsibility placed on man because of the Fall, but rather a high calling and a privilege given to us by God from the beginning. The call to work obliges us to strive for excellence and to be faithful stewards of employment opportunities, abilities, and time to serve our Creator and neighbor. God obliges us to work and earn a living. Work is a divine duty and all vocations have a dignity. Legitimate work is good and important to God as He carries out His purposes in our lives.

Work is of great importance in God’s providential plan for man. From the beginning, God intended to use man’s call to work for his glory because every aspect of life is worship. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as if you are working for the Lord and not for man.

The workplace is part of God’s divine strategy to use workers as agents of transformation and restoration by directing others to Christ. It was God’s intention that true soul satisfaction came from a day of honest work. Proverbs 13: 4 contrasts the worker and the lazy by stating that “the soul of the lazy thirsteth and obtains nothing, while the soul of the diligent is satisfied.” Through work we can love and serve our neighbor. The work provides income for tithes and offerings which should be shared with the church and those in need.

“Green heroin” advances an opioid-like addiction to rights dollars. This dependence contradicts God’s call to work. The only way to break the chains of this dependence is to see God’s purposes in the call to work as an indispensable means by which he takes care of human beings and renews his world.


Dr Jim Thrasher is the Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Student Recruitment and the Coordinator of the Institute for Faith and Freedom Working Group on Appeals.