A spiritual view of land reform

The Christian Science Monitor

Disputes over ownership often seem to lie at the center of much human conflict. Those who consider themselves dispossessed confront those who control land resources.

Can a spiritual view of such complex issues help contribute to its solution? We can answer "yes" if we have felt in our own lives something of the presence and power of God and have begun to trust our lives more constantly to the divine rule of God, almighty Spirit, who is, in truth, the ultimate source of authority.

When the Psalmist prayed, "Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness," Ps. 143:10 . he wasn't asking God's guidance to a specific geographic location. He was yearning, rather, for honesty, justice, integrity. Isn't this sense of being in God's presence the "land" that provides genuine well-being?

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