We Can’t Expect God to Do All the Work

Meaning

What does We Can’t Expect God to Do All the Work mean?

We can’t expect God to do all the work is a popular quote from the Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts DLC, where the character Joshua Graham drops the phrase upon first meeting the player.

Online, the phrase is used as a reaction image, usually paired with a screenshot of the character cocking a pistol.

Origin

What's the origin of We Can’t Expect God to Do All the Work?

Fallout: New Vegas’ second DLC, Honest Hearts was released on May 17th, 2011.

The game featured a major character, Joshua Graham, who is presented to players in the first dialogue as praying for the safety of everyone who goes to Zion, and finishes the prayer with the phrase “but we can’t expect God to do all the work”.

Spread & Usage

How did We Can’t Expect God to Do All the Work spread?

The meme edit of the phrase, paired with Graham cocking a gun first emerged on the /pol board of 4chan on January 30th, 2018.

Over the following weeks, the meme spread onto various other boards of 4chan, as well as Reddit.

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