if any would not work, neither should he eat


The work ethic.

Context: 2 Thessalonians 3

8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Ok, so it's pretty obvious what this is about. People saying how things should be done, without doing themselves. A familiar problem in the open source world also... as Linus would say, show me the code.

If the is work that needs doing, those able should do it and might be rightly punished if they will not. But should people therefore be asked to work where work is not necessary? Of course not. The lesson to take from this should have been to respect people who work. Listen to people who work over those who do not. Service guarantees citizenship. Show me the code or get off the mailinglist.

So who the are these people saying "to eat, you must work"? Mutual obligation and all that. Busybodies, i say, busybodies the lot of them. Quit yer preachin and posin and pontification, and get on with yer job. Quietly. :-P