In “Next up in curbing corruption: South Africa” The Christian Science Monitor reports that “in the past two weeks, [South Africa], the economic powerhouse of Africa, has witnessed some of the largest protests since the country’s anti-apartheid struggle and the start of pluralistic democracy in 1994. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets…. The issue of corruption has also united the opposition parties for the first time despite their strong ideological differences.” The popular demand for honest and transparent governance has had a sobering effect on countries with emerging economic prowess on the global market. The Monitor concludes that “young people, now better connected through the internet, know their future depends on honest leaders who believe in rule of law and equality of opportunity.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 405
Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help. You uncover sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a right motive has its reward.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 453
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Individuals unite in their efforts to protect their civic and religious rights...”: “True government expresses Principle, but if a concept of God is entertained which is incompatible with Principle, the quality of government will straightway be lowered.” And “As humanity grows more honest and learns the lesson of unselfish cooperation, government is enabled to develop further activities, but it must ever repose upon the one cause, upon God, as its sure foundation. Therefore, the study of the nature of God elucidates the basis of true government and makes obedience scientific and gratitude natural.”
In “Government—who governs it?”: “Each one of us can, through prayer, find new capacities to help bring change to a cynical climate of thought and a ‘why bother’ attitude about government. The truth is that moral and spiritual values have power. They point to the way things properly function, and prayer makes this clearer.” And “Christ Jesus gave the example of someone wholly in obedience to the loving Father-Mother God and so expressing the highest degree of self-government. The Master changed people’s thinking from skepticism and fear to an understanding of God as divine Love, or the Principle of being, and healing and regeneration followed.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.