Eye on the world: Unity for all

In “Why politicians must play ballThe Christian Science Monitor’s editorial board writes, “The attempted killing of Republican lawmakers on a baseball field near Washington has united members of Congress in a way rarely seen in recent years. Many praised each other’s consoling responses. Others vowed to temper the rhetoric of personal attacks that may have incited the June 14 shooting. And some revived the notion of creating friendships across the aisle despite the regular verbal combat over issues. This unusual moment of common reflection should not be lost. Civility in politics must be an active quality, one that needs constant nurturing. This can counter the disrespect rising in politics that has begun to seep into workplaces, friendships, families, and religious bodies. To uplift civic life, citizens and their elected leaders must focus more on their enduring bonds than their temporary differences over policies.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible: 

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Psalms 133:1

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy: 

The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must be universally done. 

—  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 202

I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand achievements as its results. Unless these appear, I cast aside the word as a sham and counterfeit, having no ring of the true metal. Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or goodness without activity and power.

Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 250

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

In “Unity”: “Infinite Principle must be greater than its idea, but in proportion as man realizes unity with Principle does he reflect the insight and power of infinite Mind. To realize that we are one with God in motive and desire, leads us to know that in proportion as we reflect perfection do we see perfection made manifest all around us.” And “The realization of unity with divine Principle brings the realization of unity one with another: each a part of one grand whole: each working toward the same end and all governed by the one Mind. In this realization is strength impregnable,—the power to meet and destroy the claims of error, no matter under what guise presented.”

In “The Unifying Power of Divine Love in the World”: “Because we know that there is one real source of government, one divine intelligence controlling all creation, we can insist prayerfully that there is no room for conflict, there is no place for confusion.” And “Clearly, the world today, its institutions, the lives of men and women everywhere, need the healing power of unity. They need its peace. And in Christ, it truly can be discovered.” 

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

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