Washington Gladden, a pioneer for social justice, realized that changing outward conditions will not bring about a better society unless men’s attitude toward their work is also changed. So he wrote what he called “The Worker’s Pledge” in which he said:
“I will not be a sponge or parasite. I will give an honest equivalent for what I get. I want no man’s money for which I have not rendered a full return. I want no wages that I have not earned. If I work for any man or any company or any institution, I will render a full, ample, generous service. If I work for the city or the state or the nation, I will give my best thought, my best effort, my most conscientious and efficient endeavor. If I can give a little more than I get every time, in that shall be my happiness. The great commonwealth of human society shall not be a loser through me.”
This is the spirit that has built our country, and when that spirit declines, America is on the decline; and we see this decline taking place before our eyes. This mentality of something for nothing is condemned in the Scriptures. “But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat” (2 The. 3:10). “Whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men” (Col. 3:10).
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