Individual Demonstration in Church Elections

An election in a Christian Science branch church affords opportunity for individual and collective demonstration of the oneness of divine Mind. It should properly be the collective outward manifestation of individual inward revelation.

Sometimes there is a tendency among members to discuss personalities before an election, and this may result in the substitution of suggestion for demonstration. This might be termed a steady-the-ark process, expressive of some form of fear: fear that the wrong person will be placed in office; fear that our brothers cannot decide properly without our advice; fear that we cannot decide properly without advice from our brothers, and so on—all of which deny the scientific fact that man is ever at-one with God. Such arguments of fear, whether they seem to come from within or from without, should be recognized as impersonal claims of evil, which would rob one of his right to prove his own at-one-ment with God.

Each member has a right to realize that it is his privilege and duty to bring about a demonstration of divine unfoldment at a church election, untouched and uninfluenced by personal opinion. Every member of a Christian Science church should have spiritual understanding enough to do this; and he knows that God, divine Mind, is always present to guide his thinking, if he is humble and sincere.

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March 31, 1928

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