A Higher View of Community

The situation looked foreboding. In some ways it seemed a microcosm of world affairs. This inner-city area, just days before, had exploded in racial violence. The looting, the fire bombing, the rock throwing, had all but disappeared. But the rage and resentment seemed to be looming in the background. One newspaper reported, It's quiet on top—but seething underneath.

Right after the disturbances a Christian Scientist entered the community on legitimate business but was filled with apprehension. He feared for his own safety. Anticipating trouble, he encountered it. People shunned him or treated him with disdain. A few even threatened him with physical harm. He hastily left—disillusioned, frustrated, and even carrying in his thought ugly stereotypes he had believed he was incapable of clinging to.

Back in the safety of his own home he suddenly realized the folly of the situation. His fear and anxiety had been met by others with their own fear and anxiety. He began to realize that an inward renewal was needed before an outward change could take place.

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August 22, 1977

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