Trustworthy government—present now

The popular revolts sweeping North Africa and the Middle East have excited hopes that Arabs, long oppressed by autocratic rulers, will find new and lasting freedom. But as Egypt is beginning to discover, the path from spontaneous uprising to meaningful reform is one that requires patience and persistence. Already, economic hardship, coordinated violence, and unjust treatment and trial of detainees have clouded Egyptians’ jubilation at having ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

In this period of tremendous change, unprecedented for at least half a century in that region, there is a great desire for better government—government that is just, trustworthy, and a guarantor of freedom. How is such government to be found and established, both in nations and individual lives? Sentinel founder Mary Baker Eddy pointed to the God that led the children of Israel out of Egypt, delivered Daniel in the lions’ den, and unloosed the bands of Paul and Silas in prison (see Ex., chaps. 3—12; Dan. 6:1–23; Acts 16:25–40).

For peace and progress in the Middle East
April 25, 2011

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