1 Timothy 5:9–16 (ESV)
Instructions for the Church
9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has
shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they
desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 For
some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.
It is interesting to compare the qualifications of a widow to receive help and comparing the qualifications for today’s welfare. Lazy is as lazy does. A young widow was to get married
and/or get back to work. We have men, women, and young adults who sit on their porch all day with no intention of working. I don’t mind helping those with health problems, but the rest could get back to work. Did I just type that
I pray: O Lord, help us to help the poor, but help us also to not help those who choose not to work… who could. Amen.