I've been having a discussion with two friends about food stamps and the welfare system in the U.S. They say everybody who wants food stamps should get them, regardless of lifestyle. May they be on drugs, deal drugs, get four different women pregnant without supporting any of the kids, and refuse to even enter a job center, my friends believe they should get food stamps, because, well, it's food.
Let's read about how the early Christian communities dealt with it.
...follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, 8 nor did we eat [k]anyone’s bread [l]without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; 9 not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would [m]follow our example. 10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all...
And these people---