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Is good government an oxymoron?

From the May 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal


I was arriving in Kano, Nigeria, to begin my first speaking tour, which was to start in Kaduna. My companions were excited about our route—a new highway that made travel so much easier—and the conversation frequently returned to the quality of the road. I asked them, "Have you been praying for a new highway?"

"Yes," they replied. "Oh, yes."

I couldn't help but wonder aloud if they'd considered the connection between their prayer for the betterment of the country and this lovely new highway. My point was not who deserved credit for this example of progress. Rather, it was that this obvious evidence of good, of a government working to meet its people's needs, should be magnified.

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