God Governs

The thoughtless will admit that God governs, but even the thoughtful sometimes fail to see the corollary that it is not then man's business to govern. Much of the sorrow of men on the earth is due to their endeavor to work out a fulfillment of the promise of the serpent, "Ye shall be as gods," in the attempt of some to govern others. It is clear, however, that if God governs, man as the likeness of God is the expression of government. The kingdom of heaven is not an assembly of dignitaries and common folk, of subjects and princes, wherein some are subdued by others and obey the will of others. The kingdom of God is the reign of righteousness, and when that which governs is obeyed, "as in heaven so on earth" (Science and Health, p. 17), then the kingdom is come.

Jesus especially desired to keep his followers free from the temptation to govern. He knew that, because of the wisdom and insight they had gained, other human minds would try to make lords of them. Therefore he said, "Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren." When Christ is recognized as the one Master, or Immanuel, God is being presented for man to know. The practical apostle James says: "My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation [or judgment]. For in many things we offend all." Just the acceptance of the fact that that which governs must be perfect, makes it clear that it is not man's place to govern. Indeed, when each individual is governed by God there is manifestly no need for one to think of governing another.

The Changing and the Changeless
September 8, 1917

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