Eye on the world: Prayer for Venezuela

In “Briefing: Venezuela's deepening crisisThe Christian Science Monitor reports that in Venezuela, “protests have taken place on and off over the past several years. But they sparked anew this spring after a late March announcement by the Supreme Court that it would take over the powers of the National Assembly—the only opposition-run branch of the government and the sole check on President Nicolás Maduro’s power. The decision was reversed three days later, but in a context of food and medical-supply shortages, triple-digit inflation, the imprisonment of protesters and opposition politicians, delayed state and municipal elections, and the quashing of a presidential recall vote, Venezuela is seeing some of the largest antigovernment protests in nearly three decades.” The Monitor concludes that “how the government and international community respond could determine the fate of not only Venezuela, but regional neighbors as well.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: … wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

Isaiah 33:5, 6

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 180

Reflecting God’s government, man is self-governed.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 125

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Keep on protesting!”: “All that merits scientific protest is seen, felt, or heard through the material senses. And grave today is the need for Christian Scientists to keep on protesting scientifically that which denies the all-loving nature of God, the divine Principle of being.” And: “We prevent the infiltration of the mortal miasma and keep scientific protest keen and effective when we claim our God-given exemption from mesmerism and agree only with our native attraction to the things of Spirit. God’s child is inevitably attracted to the kingdom of God; he is forever energized by the discernment of spiritual reality. And because of the spiritual nature of his true senses, he cannot respond to materiality’s apparent attraction, but wholly responds to Truth.”

In “Effective protest”: “Christian Science, the law of infinite, divine good, has been protesting against inhumanity, injustice, futility, despair, for over a century. It has done so in a Christianly constructive way through the healing of lack, inharmony, and selfishness, as well as fear and disease, teaching that these conditions are misconceptions of being and dealing with them as errors of thought, which can be corrected through compassionate understanding of God’s law of perfection. The protest has been benign and confident, regenerative and redemptive.” And: “Constructive protest is a divine demand. Truth must penetrate the negations of falsely educated beliefs. Its presence is realized in the hearts of those who truly love, who protest against all evil and for the reality and dominion of good.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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