THE SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY

Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. XXIII, Sect. 10), "In Christian Science each branch church shall be distinctly democratic in its government, and no individual, and no other church shall interfere with its affairs." This rule provides special and valuable opportunities, as well as responsibilities, for branch church members. It acknowledges equal voting rights to all those governed, the right to discuss measures under consideration fairly, the right to criticize, and it assures the protection of the minority.

A truly democratic spirit in the governing of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, is the effect of spiritual growth on the part of the members. The attainment of this good spirit means that the members have given up human will in large measure and are willing meekly to let God's will be done. But God's will is not proved in human affairs through any sense of apathy or fatalism, through wishful hoping for the best, or through passive thinking, which lets error control mentally.

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