Monday, August 31, 2020

Overheard at Table 3: No Work No Eat

Well, it's Biblical.  If you don't work, you don't eat.

It's one of those verses that's been misapplied.  It's in 2 Thessalonians.  Paul was telling them about the Second Coming.  He said, "Don't lose hope because it hasn't happened yet, and don't believe those who say it's already happened and you missed it."  Then he went on to address those who were so sure Christ was coming back literally the very next day that they stopped doing everything.  Just sat in their houses not doing a darn thing, because hey!  Christ is coming in the morning!


Yeah.  THAT'S what he meant.  He meant you still got work to do.

But what about John Smith.  He said it.  That's what this country was founded on.

Also misunderstood.  He said that to the rich who came over, the ones who paid for the passage of the others for the trip and thought that they could set up shop like they had in England: with other people working and they could sit on their butts all day long sipping tea.  John Smith said that everyone had to work.  The No Work, No Eat rule was never meant to be something about "If Johnny's dad doesn't get a job, Johnny doesn't get a school lunch."

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