People in the church come in several categories – and the two that I’m thinking about today are the Mooches and the Moochees.
The Mooches are those people who prey on the soft-hearted Moochees. They keep asking, and asking, for more, and more and more, and the Moochees, so tender-hearted and anxious to serve their Savior, give, and give, and give.
The Mooches take without giving back, or they promise to give back in the future, as soon as they get a job. But no job is available to their liking. Or they get a job and either quit after a couple of days or get fired because they have many excuses not to show up: “I have a headache,” or “It rained and I might get wet and then get pneumonia,” or “It snowed and I couldn’t find a shovel,” etc. Thus the Mooch has no place to go, no money to pay for rent or food, and as a brother in Christ, it is the obligation of the Moochee to support the Mooch, till the Mooch gets on his feet.
The Mooch is very smart – the Mooch knows how to get free room and board, and sure as heck isn’t going to do anything to upset that apple cart! The Moochee is trapped.
There is a passage in the Bible, however, that should come as a relief to Moochees everywhere. The Bible says that you do not have to put up with this, and in fact, the Bible gives you specific permission to oust the Mooch and say “GET A JOB, MOOCH!”
Here it is, from 2 Thes. 3:6 – 15
6In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
11We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. 13And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
14If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. 15Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
This is not about someone physically unable to work. This is about someone who won’t work, for whatever reason. The person who can do anything else – go shopping, go visiting, go on trips or vacations, etc…it is just that nasty job that they can’t handle.
Clearly the Bible teaching above indicates that not only is the Mooch Freeloader in the wrong, but the Moochee is in the wrong as well, by enabling the Mooch to continue Mooching.
Hey, it’s the Aposle Paul’s words – from the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, not mine. Don’t mooch, and don’t encourage or support mooches and their freeloading. Seems simple enough.