Eye on the world: Raising the standard of government

In “What really fell in Zimbabwe’s coupThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes: “Much of history involves the struggle to create societies based on equal liberty rather than ephemeral rule by family, clan, tribe, patriarchs, clerics, or monarchs. Or, in the case of China, dictatorial rule by a Communist Party that believes only it can define the people’s ‘dream.’ Most of all, history has shown the fallacy of hereditary rule, or a belief that bloodlines determine one’s destiny or that genes and kinship can ensure a righteous ruler. To govern well today requires rulers who understand the bright line between the public interest and private desires…. 

“Much of the world is still ruled along notions of inequality along social or economic roles, similar to Aristotle’s view that ‘some are free men, and others slaves by nature.’ Yet today’s democracies reflect the Christian era’s ideals of individual conscience, equality before God, mutual respect and responsibility, and a love that includes one’s enemies. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female,” stated the Apostle Paul.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II Corinthians 3:17, 18

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

Against the fatal beliefs that error is as real as Truth, that evil is equal in power to good if not superior, and that discord is as normal as harmony, even the hope of freedom from the bondage of sickness and sin has little inspiration to nerve endeavor. When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 368

Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 227

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

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.”

In “Government”: “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.”

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

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