2 Thessalonians 3: “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
As opposed to…
Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
The commandment to work for your food applies to those who are able bodied and refuse to work. It should not be used to excuse the abuse of those who are disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, pregnant, unable to find employment, or those who work and still don’t earn enough to support themselves and/or their families. Also, keep in mind that Thessalonians was (supposedly) written by Paul whereas the gospel of Matthew is scripturally taken to be a second-hand retelling of the actual words of Jesus. Between the two, if I were Christian, I’d listen to Big J. Meaning that I’d say food stamps and other forms of financial assistance are exactly what God intended. The US alone has more than 300 million people living here, we can’t rely entirely on private charity to support those who struggle.