“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from
the government, and I’m here to help'” (Ronald Reagan, August 1986).
There is an old African joke where the Tanzanians, who are socialist,
accuse Kenyans, who are capitalists, of being a “dog-eat-dog society.”
The Kenyans have an answer, however. They say that Tanzanians are a “dog-eat-nothing society.” Which makes me think of Churchill’s apt definition
of socialism: “Socialism is an economic system where everybody is equally
Many people think of Christianity as the ultimate self-help
system. They search the Scriptures for better techniques for making
money, having better marriages, and becoming more self-confident. It
fascinates me to see purportedly Christian books with titles such as
“Christian Assertiveness,” or, “Ten Easy Techniques to Make Your Church
Christianity is not a system of independence; it’s one of dependence. We
rely on God, not better techniques! Don’t look for Christian material on
the “self-help” bookshelf! The Christian life is not about
self-confidence; it’s about God-confidence. It’s not about self-help;
it’s about God’s help. It’s not about methodology; it’s about mercy!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own
understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your
paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
It’s true. The Lord really is here to help!
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