The third principle of our Judeo-Christian heritage is based on 2 Thessalonians 3:10.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NKJV)
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

Ingrained deep within the American spirit is the willingness to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.  This independent spirit refuses to simply exist on government handouts or to depend on the generosity of others.  It’s this same work ethic that has allowed America to create the strongest economy in the history of the world.

Immigrants throughout history from around the world have come to America, worked hard, and became successful because of their work ethic.  The generations who lived before us were raised to believe that hard work equates to success, and this principle is certainly found throughout the Bible.  Here are a few examples:

Proverbs 10:4 (NLT)
Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

Proverbs 12:24 (NLT)
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Proverbs 13:4 (NLT)
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Ephesians 4:28 (NLT)
If you are a thief, quit stealing.  Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

Titus 3:14 (AMP)
And let our own [people really] learn to apply themselves to good deeds (to honest labor and honorable employment), so that they may be able to meet necessary demands whenever the occasion may require and not be living idle and uncultivated and unfruitful lives.

As you can see, a positive work ethic isn’t just a feel-good platitude, it’s a biblical truth.  The resurgence of a national work ethic in the United States is the cure for the entitlement mindset that fosters a welfare spirit.