Ephesians 4:28. “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”
Let’s go back and review the commands we’ve seen so far.
V. 25: put away lying; speak truth
v. 26: Do not sin in your anger; do not carry anger to the next day
v. 27: Do not give place to Satan
v. 28: Don’t steal; work instead
Today, we are told that we must not steal. Instead, we are to work in order to be able not only to care for our own needs, but to provide also for others who are in need.
Do you see anything in that verse that teaches that it is the role of government to care for the needy? No. You don’t. I believe we have abrogated our responsibility to care for those in need to government. Government then makes laws that, in reality, steal money from those who work and redistribute it to the poor. That practice started a very long time ago, and came fully into play in the early 1900’s.
Here’s a well-known story about Davy Crockett that says it all very well: