God Governs Governments

For ages mankind have adopted various forms of government. These have ranged from tribal rule, through autocracy and dictatorship, to democracy, so well described by Abraham Lincoln as "government of the people, by the people, for the people." Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863;

Although far from perfect in its present operation, constitutional democracy offers the best blueprint available for the unfolding of individual freedom and progress. However, democratic government can rise no higher than the aggregate consciousness of the people comprising it. At present it is held back by selfishness, greed, dishonesty, apathy, and unwillingness to assume responsibilities commensurate with individual rights. But as humanity progresses spiritually, these deterrents will gradually give way to the ideal of service and a willingness to subordinate self-interest to the greatest good for the greatest number. Thus the ideal of democracy will find its fulfillment as it approximates true self-government, or government by divine Principle, God, or good.

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