Eye on the world: Taking a stand for the rule of law in elections

In “A Kenyan court lifts a lamp of integrity for AfricaThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “on Sept. 1, Chief Justice Maraga read out a decision that shocked not only Kenya but the rest of Africa for its stark integrity. He announced the court was nullifying the Aug. 8 election of President Uhuru Kenyatta because of massive irregularities in the transmission of vote tallies. And a new election was ordered within 60 days. Never before in Africa has a court of law blocked the election of a sitting president. In much of the continent, judges are under the thumb of authoritarian-style rulers who practice democracy at a minimum with little regard for the kind of equality that Maraga seeks. But Kenya’s high court has now set a model, one that builds on other recent successes in a continent only fitfully moving toward the practice of democratic ideals.”

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:

Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right…. Reason is the most active human faculty. Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man’s dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense, which silences the material or corporeal.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 327‒328

Mankind will be God-governed in proportion as God’s government becomes apparent, the Golden Rule utilized, and the rights of man and the liberty of conscience held sacred. 

 The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 222

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

In “Prayer and voting”: “To elect good leaders requires an appreciation of the qualities of good government and effective leadership on the part of the community. This places an important responsibility on us. Reaching a deeper understanding of the qualities needed in our leaders—qualities like integrity, honesty, perception, forthrightness, moral courage, and so on—comes through spiritual discernment and prayer.” And “We can turn our thought, in prayer, to the authority of spiritual law as it specifically relates to the situation, recognizing that God’s law is always operating and all-powerful, and knowing that there is, in truth, no other power to oppose God, divine Principle.”

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 “Each one of us has an important role to play in this process. Every time we pray that God’s will be done—and understand the sheer goodness and power of that divine will—we are learning more about He who governs government.”

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

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