God's government and politics

In many parts of the world, politics and politicians are held in low esteem. This may explain why in so many lands people do not bother to go to the polls at election time. Yet an item carried in the Boston Post, November 1908, says of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science: "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."

That same newspaper item quotes Mrs. Eddy's 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." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 276;

Right there our Leader linked politics with the Ten Commandments—or at least with Christ Jesus' epitome of the Mosaic law as it is given in the Gospels. Right there, too, is the pointer to how each of us can try to approach politics metaphysically.

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Global consciousness, metaphysically based
June 25, 1979

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