Faith, Work and Politics

by Walter Mow

We are the product of our environment, the political world swirls around us creating confusion and conflict. That is when our faith, our love of God must be allowed to take the burden. “His will be done”, a simple acknowledgment of the most basic tenant of Christianity; that God is in control.

Faith and politics are often deemed to be adversaries, how can this be when it is my faith that dictates what my politics will be? That is why the answers I seek to today’s societal ills are often found in the scriptures and mans own history.

Charity can be detrimental to a society, welfare programs beginning in 1935 that although have changed, remain in other forms today. Generational welfare exploded under LBJ and his “War on Poverty”. Welfare to Work programs have begun to make inroads, but some obstacles remain.

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise”. Proverbs 6:6.

Is this not a call for the idle to work? Paul, Silas and Timothy warn against idleness; “when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ”If a man shall not work, he shall not eat”. 2nd Thessalonians 3:10.

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than a nonbeliever”. 1st Timothy 5:8.

The greatest asset of any nation is the spirit of its people, and the greatest danger that can menace any nation is the breakdown of that spirit—the will to win and the courage to work”. George C. Cortelyou Former US Treasury Secretary (1862-1940)

For the scripture says, “The worker deserves his wages”. 1st Timothy 5:18.

All growth depends on activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood and the measure of civilization”. Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

…“Respect those who work hard among you”. 1st Thessalonians 5:12

No race can prosper ‘til it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling the field, as in writing a poem”. Booker T. Washington (1859?-1913) This quote speaks to the heart of the Welfare to Work program, the haughty individual who feels put upon when asked to work. False pride and an entitlement attitude has been the hall mark of the “War on Poverty”.

Personal responsibility engenders the kind of pride that comes from doing a day’s work for a day’s pay.