Much will be said in the months ahead regarding the choice of leadership in those nations of the world where individuals cherish freedom of thought and action in matters pertaining to the government of their countries. The one to whom the multitudes willingly turned for leadership in the first century A.D. said (Matt. 5: 17), "Think not that I am come, to destroy the law,... I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." In the Sermon on the Mount Christ Jesus revealed sound, fundamental ideals of practical government. That these spiritual ideals appealed to the people of that time was proved by the constant attendance of the multitudes upon his presence and speech. They were impressed with his pure teaching, which satisfied their reason and fed their hope with such practical proof of the integrity and honesty of his motives that they recognized his authority as coming from God.

Would not all who aspire to high positions in government and world affairs today do well to look more deeply into the teachings of the man who attracted the multitudes? Christ Jesus was so sure of the eternal soundness of the truth which he held out before the people that he said (Matt. 24:35), "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." The world is coming nearer and nearer to the approximation of an understanding of the law which is embodied in the Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon there are to be found no fragmentary theories, no doctrine of appeasement, no shifting policies no coalition with the deceived and deceiving sense of evil in any degree.

Until the Master enunciated this new law the Mosaic law of loving one's neighbor and hating one's enemy had been the highest human concept of right. But hear the teaching of Christ Jesus (Matt. 5:44): "I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven." His doctrine was the doctrine of divine Love which has found fresh expression and form in the writings of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mars Baker Eddy. On page 224 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she tells us, "No power can withstand divine Love." She also writes (ibid., p. 411), "If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific way, and the healing is instantaneous."

October 11, 1952

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