Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Billy Graham: Lazy Kids!

QUESTION: I own a small business that hires a lot of young people, but I’m frustrated because I can’t find very many who are reliable and actually want to work. Doesn’t the Bible say we’re not supposed to be lazy? — D.E.
As far as DE's staffing troubles go, the Bible does have one solution. But it's far from a pleasant one...
ANSWER: Yes, the Bible certainly urges us to be responsible and diligent in our work, no matter who we are or what we’re doing. The Bible says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
To be fair, all that really says is to do your best when you do do something. I can get behind that. But it doesn't really have anything to say about laziness so much as quality of work...
One reason is because laziness will never give us the things we want, or even the things we need. More than that, others will suffer because of our slackness – not only our families, but society as a whole... But the Bible warns us against laziness for another reason: a lazy person isn’t making use of the abilities and gifts God has given them.
Too bad all of this doesn't jive with parts of the Bible. Remember that unsavory solution I mentioned for DE's staffing issues? The Bible has an answer in Leviticus 25:44...
Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
That's right! Slavery is the answer! I don't know about you, but I don't think that it gets much more lazy than slavery. And what's more, the Bible comes to the rescue when your slaves don't do as you tell them in Exodus 21:20-21...
If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.
Maybe it's just me, but all of this sounds like God approved laziness that causes others to suffer. Exactly the kind of thing that Billy is actually claiming that the Bible is against.


-Brain Hulk

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