A recently published book, Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis by Nicholas Eberstadt states that there are currently seven million men of prime working age (25-55) who are neither working for a living nor seeking employment. He provides statistical evidence that it is part of a decades-long trend.
The author concludes that lack of motivation is the primary reason for this phenomenon. And these men are “invisible” because government data that is used to determine unemployment rates overlooks this large segment of the population.
It makes me appreciate more fully the fact that in my many years of life on this earth, I have never experienced unemployment. Further, God through His grace has continued to provide me with the ability to serve him and to live in His will. And as I explain in my Life Essentials Study Bible it is certainly the will of God–even a holy endeavor–that we work:
Though sin has impacted all creation, we are to be diligent and industrious, meeting our personal needs, providing for our families, and supporting God’s work (Principle #16, p. 841 in Proverbs).
In my commentary that follows the principle, I add the following thoughts:
The opportunity to work is one of God’s greatest gifts. When He created Adam, “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it” (Genesis 2:15). Though sin impacted every aspect of creation, we’re still responsible to engage in serious manual labor in spite of the “thorns and thistles” we face almost every day.
Many years later we find Paul admonishing idle Christians who were taking advantage of others’ generosity, apparently because they believed that the Second Coming of Jesus was imminent (2 Thessalonians 3:10-11, 14-15). They failed to understand that while we need to wait patiently for that special moment in history, it should be a busy wait.
Personally, I’m committed to serving God faithfully as long as He gives me strength. One of my goals–Lord willing–is to help facilitate the translation of my Life Essentials Study Bible into four major languages–Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and Hindi. Along with English, these languages represent the five major languages of the world.
I need not underscore how important it is that all people need the Word of God. Hopefully, we’ll be able to either lip sync my video presentations in these languages or provide closed captions. Please continue to pray for me and my staff regarding all these wonderful opportunities!