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Sunday, October 14th, '18

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LEARNED LAZINESS

"And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house..." (1 Timothy 5:13)

 

Where did they learn that? From the afternoon soaps, from reading paperback after paperback off the romance rack, and from listening to the blab down at the health spa or the hair salon. Notice in our text, these women are not simply idle but they "learn to be idle". Laziness is natural behavior because the flesh fights strain, but it is also learned behavior because the flesh mimics its own self-modeled idols. These lazi-fied ladies wander "from house to house". Young Ruth was out in the field. She knew her responsibilities and didn't have to wonder what was on the to-do list. But where there is wondering there is wandering. Little Suzy joins the ranks of the idle-ators (another branch of the idolaters) when no demands are placed upon her. "Suzy, this is a dishrag, this is a dish, now occupy yourself!" (It works for little Johnny too).

 

Of course, the blame doesn't lie solely on Suzy's shoulders. Today's news showed a 40-year-old Mom who helped her 12, 13 and 16-year-old daughters gang up on and beat another 16-yeard-old girl unconscious, in a public mall mind you, because the two teens had some spat at school. A few moms today make the bad girls of the Bible, Jezebel, Delilah, Herodias, et al, look like Mother Theresa. Yes, I realize some will chafe at Paul's family counseling practice but he was given the pen of scripture for a reason, and we dare not puff up against him. The rest of our text says that these loose ladies are "not only idle, but gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not". Loose lips result from loose lives. The Proverbs 31-woman was too busy to spin yarns because she was at the spindle spinning thread. That is not chauvinistic. The same goes for men who are not busily employed. Idleness is the devil's workshop. God only does business with people that do business!

 

Now back to "learned laziness". This applies, as mentioned, to both sexes. In fact, Paul is even harder on the men in First Timothy. He charges, "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" (1 Timothy 5:8). We are rather sparing on our use of the word "infidel". When is the last time you called some guy an infidel? Well, infidelity is not restricted to faithfulness to the wife. It entails our whole duty to the family. Learned laziness is a revolt to conscience and the inner constitution, the clock set within man from creation. Many of our dads were not well-versed in scripture but most of our dads could quote at least one verse, "If any man does not work, neither should he eat". That precept came written on the genetic code. To do otherwise is learned behavior. It may be learned from the neighbor kids, deadbeat parents or from television but regardless, the curricula at home needs changed. Instead we are to "teach" virtue. "That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate...the older women likewise, that they...admonish the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed" (Titus 2:2-5). There you have it, not very appealing as to feminism, but quite appealing as to what is truly feminine.


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