The government report has come down that there is currently more people on food stamps than in anytime, ever in history. Apparently the poverty level in the United states is at an all time high, although according to the census report, the majority of those poor enjoy big screen TV's, video games, automobiles, and very few of them actually are concerned about where their next meal is coming from. We've even lowered the bar on the poverty level! People living in poverty shouldn't be capable of enjoying the luxuries of life, that's why they are defined as poor. I mean it's wonderful that their income allows them these amenities, but I'm thinking it's watering down the definition of poverty. I'm certain that the poor in the slums of Brazil for example, don't share the same struggles. So with that in mind, are our poor really living in poverty, or just enjoying a lower standard of living? Then there is this reminder from the handbook of life.
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, we did not eat anyone's bread without paying, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you. It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our conduct an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If anyone will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are walking in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.
-The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians 7-11
I'm guessing this isn't a new problem!