How Shall I Vote?

In 1908 the Boston Post carried the following item: "Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy has always believed that those who are entitled to vote should do so, and she has also believed that in such matters no one should seek to dictate the actions of others." (See The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany by Mrs. Eddy, p. 276.) The item continues, "In reply to a number of requests for an expression of her political views, she has given out this statement:—

"I am asked, 'What are your politics?' I have none, in reality, other than to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself."

Many who will cast their ballots in coming elections have already decided for which candidate or which party they will vote. Yet the question, How shall I vote? is as important to them as it is to those who are as yet undecided. It has more to do with how one votes—the qualities of thought which underlie his decision—than for whom he votes, for it is these qualities which give him the right to vote for the candidate or the party of his choice and will preserve for future generations this same right.

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Let Good Unfold
October 3, 1964

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