The modern commonwealth of Israel is a pure democracy, and its policy and career must rest upon the purity and integrity of the individual ballot. The only attraction is that of Love, and in proportion as each individual heart registers its response to the great heart divine, will it be possible to establish that "unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science" (Science and Health, p. 470). Any deflection from this ideal must invite defeat. The needle must point to the pole or the course "o'er earth's troubled, angry sea" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 397) will be fraught with danger both to ourselves and the precious freight entrusted to us. Hence the necessity of frequent self-examination. This is the Christian Scientist's diagnosis, and while dealing to some extent with the thoughts of others, its main province is "to probe the self-inflicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate" (Science and Health, p. 462).

Hence the necessity of a very frequent examination of the "courses and distances" we ourselves are running, and the demand for their absolute coincidence with the "pattern shewed to thee in the mount." The Christian Scientist who does this will be like oil on the troubled waters. He will be a serene, soothing, healing, impelling, and welcome presence. His nobility and kingship will appear in the grace and naturalness with which he wears the thousand and one little amenities of daily life. His business will be prosperous, but not aggressive. He will be diligent to every duty, but "in honor preferring one another." His politics will be ambitious only for the welfare of the race, his prayers will be practice, his morals clean, his religion good. He will be "subject to principalities . . . ready to every good work;" and the sick and the sinning will seek his gates, confident in the hospitality of a great heart whose rebuke to a common foe is tempered with the mercy of his God.

November 21, 1908

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