Progress toward peace

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, September 21, 2017.

For nations to move forward and find peace and stability after war, an awakening to the need to unify rather than divide is important. Often that comes through a realism born of necessity, but lasting peace is spawned by a realism based on something more than human willpower and desire, no matter how well intentioned our efforts.

In my own experience I’ve found that real and reliable progress toward resolution comes with a growing understanding of the reality that God, the universal divine Mind, is the source of true intelligence. This kind of spiritual realism, acknowledging God as infinite and all-knowing good, has inspired me to listen for divine wisdom. This approach fosters unity.

In particular, I’ve come to deeply appreciate what two directives from the Bible bring in order to accomplish unity of purpose to do good, and not evil: the First Commandment—“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3)—and the Golden Rule. These are not just traditional doctrines, but foundational laws that bring lasting, healing results. When we strive to obey them, we are affirming—and will see—the practical effects of God’s infinite goodness.

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