• Dr. Dan Haifley

A timely tip from Honest Abe

"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10

We live in a culture that seems to encourage hand outs. I think we should always be mindful of the poor and of those who are less fortunate than we. However, a government that tells its people to sit at home and do nothing but wait for a check in the mail is a government that will eventually have nothing to give.

I just read a letter Abraham Lincoln sent to his step brother John Johnston who had asked him for the loan of $80. Lincoln said to him, "You are now in need of some ready money; and what I propose is, that you shall go to work, tooth and nail, for somebody who will give you money for it.....Now if you will do this, you will soon be out of debt, and what is better, you will have a habit that will keep you from getting in debt again. But if I should now clear you out, next year you will be just as deep in as ever. You say you would almost give your place in Heaven for $70 or $80. Then you value your place in Heaven very cheaply...."

Handouts are not the way to fix our economy. Letting our people go back to work is what will fix our economy. I pray to God for our government leaders to be as savvy as Abraham Lincoln was.

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