Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We are living in a time that teaches entitlement as one of the basic values and it is taking a devastating toll. When I was a child it was common to hear that the world owes you nothing and you had to earn what you get. We had chores that we had to do every day and I hadn’t even hear of an allowance. Today, we hear of families that do not have a job, live in a nicer home than many of those around them, have all of the latest gadgets, stylish clothes, nice cars, etc. and the government pays for it all.
One day I was asked what I thought about this modern philosophy and I responded with this story. Suppose there are 100 people who are holding up a platform with an elephant on it. Then 25 people who are struggling are allowed to ride on the platform. Now the entire weight of the platform and elephant plus the weight of the additional 25 people, have only 75 people to support it. Lets also suppose that the 75 people who were not struggling before can just barely support it. What will happen is that some of the 75 remaining supporters will also want to ride instead of supporting and now you have even less doing the job. At some point, everything will come crashing down and the devastation will be great.
I am not against helping at all. In fact, I am active in helping, even without a program. What I am pointing out is that everyone should have a responsibility to do his part. In 2Thessolians 3:10 we have this admonition For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. Everyone is responsible to contribute. We spend millions of dollars each year, just on cleanup which could be done by the welfare participants. Even though there are many who are physically handicapped, they can contribute in other ways, such as encourager to the next generation, etc. I remember watching a TV program when I was a child, about even the blind sorting bolts. Yes I know that it may not create a profit but it will lessen the burden and provide that individual of a sense of self worth.
Responsibility must begin at an early age. My parents gave me responsibilities in many ways. Chores was only one, and another was in money management. I was picking strawberries at the age of 5 and began contributing to the family by buying my own school clothes. I was taught savings by building my own reserves. Whenever I got money for my birthday or earned a profit from some project, I was required to put it in my savings and then plan for its expenditure and to avoid impulse buying. My brother and I would even make our own toys. My point is that if we are irresponsible then we will suffer. The cost will be directly proportionate to the degree or irresponsibility. If we fail to teach a child responsibility then we will get a society who loses its sense of values, takes no responsibility for its actions, becomes lazy, loses its creative abilities and ingenuity and taxes those who are responsibility into destruction. I would advocate that all welfare come with responsibility, that all parents and guardians teach responsibility, and that responsibility be rewarded instead of punished.