"In the dark hours, wise Christian Scientists stand firmer than ever in their allegiance to God. Wisdom is wedded to their love, and their hearts are not troubled," writes Mary Baker Eddy on pages 276 and 277 of "Miscellaneous Writings." No one ever proved the truth of this statement more consistently than did its writer. Her allegiance to God during the times of greatest difficulty and darkness was a continual inspiration to her followers. Many are the recorded and numberless the unrecorded incidents of her steadfastness, confidence, and serenity in the face of persecution and attack, her intrepid renewal of initiative and vigor after each setback or temporary reversal. Her allegiance to that which she knew to be the source and enforcement of what must finally prevail did not waver. Not only was her heart untroubled; it seemed braced to even greater love and energy, the more bitter and ruthless the opposition to her Cause. And the reason for this we know was that in her allegiance to Principle she permitted no traitor doubts or fears, no whispering, no undermining suggestions of timidity, of pusillanimity, of self-preservation to slacken her purpose or divert her intent. She might have quoted on her own behalf the words of Paul to the Philippians, "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord."

The Christian Scientist knows that true allegiance is not affected or influenced by personal relationships, for it is a quality of Mind. Mrs. Eddy has linked it with wisdom and love. It knows nothing of blind leadership or unquestioning obedience to human dictates. Its effectiveness is equivalent to its loyalty to every gleam of good, wherever found; its steadfast repudiation of all means or methods which are evil; its consistent allegiance to that which has God as its source and guide.

June 1, 1940

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