Pastor's Article Sept. 5, 2021 - Labor

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day which is a day set aside to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is kind of ironic this year because over this last year we have seen firsthand what happens when people lose the incentive to work. Our supply lines have been disrupted our restaurants closing their doors early or doing to go orders only. Shelves in the stores are empty or half stocked all because people were able to receive money without working. We have seen how socialism would affect our country and the importance of requiring that people work for their money. America has been devastated by policies that destroy the work ethic in our country.
Of course, if you are a Christian and believe that the Word of God ought to be the guidebook in which we live by, you understand that a person who is able to work should be expected and even required to work. Work is ordained of God, and a person who can work and refuses to should do without as a motivation to work. One should be asking why would a government be diminishing the desire or need of people to work when this great country was built on the contributions of a hard work ethic? Why would a nation be encouraged to be sluggards when hard work is both commanded and expected from God? We know that a people who learn to be dependent on others for survival becomes a slave to those in whom they depend. God wants us to work, promote work, expect people to work and find satisfaction in hard work and the dignity of earning a living.
      Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, And gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, And thy want as an armed man. Pr 6:6–11
 Pastor, Rev. Wayne Marcus