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“Do not do for others what they can do for themselves. Crisis response to a chronic need harms the recipient, and leads to dependency.”

– Bob Lupton @fcslupton
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DTSpade ON WISDOM
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In certain crowds, the above video is Bob Lupton.

In the ‘70s, about to complete a new home in Stone Mountain, Bob Lupton decided to sell it and move into the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta to be closer to some boys he was mentoring. No one with a choice moved into East Lake in the ‘70s.

Over the next 40 years, Bob lived with and fought poverty as an active participant. Not from safety, but from within the neighborhood. Bob wrote seven books and built countless businesses—some that even worked.

From this experience, Bob developed six key guidelines to charity:

1. Never do for the poor what they can do for themselves,
2. Limit one-way giving to emergencies,
3. Empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements,
4. Subordinate self-interest to the needs of those being served,
5. Listen closely to those you seek to help, and
6. Above all, do no harm.

There is a mile of depth underneath each of these, but more information on them can be found in Bob’s newest book Charity Detox or a 15-minute summary of Toxic Charity. The work Bob started lives on at FCS Community Ministries.

What is your experience with charity leading to dependency?

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Bryant Cornett

“The golden rule is for wimps. Love requires more.”
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