Every day the news seems to bring us stories of corruption in a multitude of human arenas.
At one point, I worked in a city and a profession where it was widely accepted that to be successful, one had to mislead the public. I assumed it was necessary to do this in order to make a living. But the corruption took its toll. I eventually witnessed the deterioration of my career, and my marriage fell apart.
I was tempted to blame a lot of people, including myself. What brought me up short was something the Apostle Paul wrote: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry” (I Corinthians 10:13, 14).
The teachings of the Bible and of Christian Science made it clear to me that depending on a government, employer, or client—and letting that dependence govern my actions—was to worship an idol. Paul urged us to instead rely on God—incorruptible good.
As Mary Baker Eddy noted: “St. Paul beautifully enunciates this fundamental fact of Deity as the ‘Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.’ This scientific statement of the origin, nature, and government of all things coincides with the First Commandment of the Decalogue, and leaves no opportunity for idolatry or aught besides God, good” (Message to The Mother Church for 1900, pp. 4–5).
Christ Jesus taught reliance on the one God. He demonstrated that the real nature of each of us is spiritual, the perfect image of God, already reflecting what is needed for a life of joy, harmony, and completeness. When I prayed from this basis, I saw that corruption was not only wrong—needing to be corrected—I also saw that it wasn’t a part of who I or anyone else really was. This was immensely helpful in understanding my right to rise above corruption.
God, divine Truth and Love, was what I needed to worship. Rather than dwelling on the sense of loss, I looked to infinite Love for a higher sense of career and love. I prayed to see my career as the practice of the spiritual understanding of God, and to see marriage as the expression of the incorruptible qualities of divine Love in human experience. This led me to a beautiful new family and a new and satisfying career in another city.
This was proof to me that God is our only source of life, love, health, and right activity—and of true government. Understanding this, even just a little, we are spiritually prepared to demonstrate it through more honesty, and to apply the understanding we’re gaining by praying for governments worldwide. It’s possible to live in confidence of God’s help, even when everything around us seems to malfunction. We are now and forever truly governed by God, the divine, all-powerful, and purely good Spirit. Recognizing this fact through conscientious prayer helps us to negate the seeming power of corruption—in our own and others’ experience.
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