Enlisted for Active Service

On page 450 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" our beloved Leader says, "The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death." An expression of our allegiance to our cause, when we enlist for active service, is found in the following quotation from the tenets of The Mother Church (Science and Health, p. 497): "And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure."

In these days when the words "enlistment" and "service" have been telling every loyal heart in the length and breadth of our dear country the need of courage and unselfish devotion to the cause of human freedom, the thoughtful Christian Scientist finds in them an even greater significance. Nearly half a century ago, at a time when the American nation had entered into a peaceful period after its great struggle for the abolishing of slavery, a God-inspired voice was raised demanding for all humanity a freedom, the full import of which was at that time beyond the comprehension of the world. This leader of a new army, whose battle ground was to be the plane of human thought, has sounded the clarion call to thinkers with these words (Science and Health, p. 227): "Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: 'Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!' Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the 'glorious liberty of the children of God,' and be free! This is your divine right."

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