Wednesday November 21st , 2 Thessalonians 3: 6In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." There are always enough examples of those who are cheating the system to provide cannon fodder for those who wish to get rid of it. Just look at that person or this person who is not working and could. What is ignored in this discussion are the many who are made poor by the system of power in place. Everyone who is able should pitch in and do what they can to contribute to the good of society. And by the same reason, no one should be making the enormous sums that are now prevalent in CEO wages. As William Sloane Coffin has said, if there are good arguments in favor of a minimum wage, there are more than good arguments in favor of a maximum wage. It is a sin to pay someone who works hard the minimum wage. It is also a sin to pay someone who works hard greater than a hundred times what the lowest employee in their organization makes. What Paul is calling for is fairness. We should strive for no less.


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