It is obvious, and experience has shown, that an unjust...

Labor Bulletin

It is obvious, and experience has shown, that an unjust demand is doomed, because whatever does not express divine Principle is without divine authority and support. Now, justice is a quality of God, divine Love, and it is to be realized and manifested in its true and highest sense only by means of applied spiritual understanding. Hence the prime object of labor organizations—that of obtaining justice—can be attained aright only through the understanding and practice of the teachings of Christ Jesus. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 166) Mrs. Eddy says: "This spiritual idea, or Christ, entered into the minutiæ of the life of the personal Jesus. It made him an honest man, a good carpenter, and a good man, before it could make him the glorified." It was Jesus who said that the laborer is worthy of his hire. This certainly means that God's law of justice, which causes the employer properly to compensate the laborer, also impels the laborer to be worthy of his hire.

If churches, generally, are not gaining or holding the confidence of the workingman, it must be that he is not finding in them the needed guidance and practical direction for the solution of his problems. Such a condition might be due to a narrow, wrong view on the part of the workingman, or to a purely theoretical instead of a practical presentation of the teachings of Christ Jesus by the churches.

The Christian Science church services differ from others in that there are no preachers who may deal in their sermons with the topics of the day, perhaps expressing differing personal opinions. The Lesson-Sermons read from the Bible and from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy in all the Christian Science churches deal with the apprehension and application by each individual of the precepts of the master Christian. The practical application of these precepts in the daily lives of men strikes at the very root of dissension, misunderstanding, and injustice, by overcoming selfishness along with its progenitor fear—fear of lack, fear of disease, fear of loss; and this is accomplished by giving men a demonstrable understanding of God, the universal Father of all. The true brotherhood of man can be realized only by means of the recognition of the fatherhood of God. Writing on page 467 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy says: "It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established." Thus, and thus only, will the problems confronting both the church and labor be solved. To this end there must be a clearer sense of mutual responsibility and appreciation of the necessity of closer cooperation between the workingman and the church, through whose applied teachings the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man are to be realized.

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December 29, 1923

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