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TRUE GOVERNMENT IS DIVINE

From the July 12, 1952 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


In the Boston Post, in November, 1908, there appeared the following item entitled "Politics" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 276):

"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.

"In reply to a number of requests for an expression of her political views, she has given out this 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."

At this time of political controversy it is well for the Christian Scientist to examine his thinking with respect to politics and government that he may intelligently aid in bringing out in human government a higher approximation of that government of God, divine Principle, which is in reality the only true government. As God's government is recognized to be the one true government, individuals and nations will find their affairs being governed more and more in accord with divine law. Human laws will approximate the divine, and honesty, integrity, justice, and mercy will characterize the conduct of human government in all branches—legislative, judicial, and administrative.

God, divine Principle, governs Himself, and governing Himself He governs His perfect creation, man and the universe, in perfect harmony. The individual who recognizes this basic truth of self-government will find his thinking and his affairs reflecting more and more this government of divine Principle. Self-will and personal sense will yield to God's will and spiritual sense in the conduct and direction of human affairs. How clearly Christ Jesus, our Way-shower, exemplified this unity of God and His law with man and his reflection of divine government. It was his recognition of the allness and universal control of God's law which enabled him to annul all the so-called laws of human belief by healing the sick, cleansing the sinner, raising the dead, walking over the sea, and feeding the multitude. In his resurrection and spiritual ascension Jesus further proved that man governed by God can triumph over the injustice and despotism of so-called human governments, ecclesiastical or civil.

In her Message to The Mother Church for 1900 Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes (p. 10), "Certain elements in human nature would undermine the civic, social, and religious rights and laws of nations and peoples, striking at liberty, human rights, and self-government —and this, too, in the name of God, justice, and humanity!" These false traits of human nature are aggressively asserting themselves in the affairs of mankind today. We need to be alert to detect these subversive influences seeking to dominate human thought and action, and fearlessly and prayerfully to nullify their spurious claims through the spiritual understanding of the ever-present supremacy of divine law and the clear recognition that "the Lord God omnipotent reigneth" (Rev. 19:6).

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 106): "God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love." How consistently did the Master recognize and demonstrate this true idea of self-government throughout his career. We too need to recognize and to acknowledge God's government to be the only government. As we do this we are aiding in bringing out in our own affairs and in the affairs of men a higher expression of government, an expression which will more nearly pattern the divine.

We must resist the temptation to make a reality out of the abuses of man-made governments and to accept corruption, incompetency, injustice, personal favoritism of individuals or groups, and the other phases of error as any part of true government. Rather must we as Christian Scientists utilize our spiritual understanding of true government to nullify and to destroy these human misconceptions of government, that through the spiritually mental process of denying these lies concerning government and recognizing the truth concerning God's righteous government we shall be doing our part to aid in the ejection of error and to bring out a higher expression of government. One important step in demonstrating a more righteous expression of true government for all is for each individual to order his own affairs in accord with the law of God, government by divine Principle.

The student of Christian Science may need to square his concept of politics and political motives with that of our Leader quoted earlier in this article. He may need to ask himself, "Am I spiritually and mentally giving support to a righteous sense of government, or am I accepting the belief that I am living under a government whose administration is corruptible and which can deprive me of any of my God-bestowed rights?" Man, in his true selfhood, is forever under the control of the divine government, which is forever incorruptible and which bestows all good upon each and all. This fact must become apparent if a sense of corruption and injustice is to be eliminated from human governments and their administration. To recognize man's true status as the son of God, governed by the divine Principle of his being, is the first step toward establishing a truly righteous sense of government in human affairs.

Politics is defined in part by a dictionary as "the science and art of government; political science." Christian Science is the true political science, for it alone reveals the nature of true law and of true government. To understand the law of God and its application to the affairs of men is to understand and to practice the true science and art of government. Whether in healing the sick or the sinning, in raising the dead, in proving true substance and supply, in conducting business affairs, church activities, or other human activities, the Christian Scientist is daily learning more of true law and government and the art of practicing them.

To discern this truth is to elevate our concept of politics and to aid in eliminating the claim of corruption in civil and other forms of human government. All true law and government proceeds from God, divine Principle. As men recognize this, human government will more nearly approximate the divine, and man truly governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love, will appear.

How clearly did the Psalmist glimpse this true ideal of government when he sang (Ps. 22:27, 28): "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations."

The alert Christian Scientist not only will realize and practice this true concept of government in his own affairs, but will do his part in local, state, and national elections to support those individuals for public office who most reflect those spiritual qualities whose practice makes for righteous governmental administration in human affairs. Those individuals who are motivated by Principle, rather than by personal sense and mere human opinion, make the best officeholders.

The Christian Scientist will inform himself as to the qualifications of candidates, will appraise the willingness of a political party to support the righteous endeavor of its candidates, and will cast his vote for those candidates whose political views and party platform most nearly approximate his ideal of government as government of and by divine Principle. Like Christ Jesus, he will continue consistently to recognize God as the only lawgiver, governor, and judge, and through this recognition he will aid in rejecting and nullifying the claims of evil to have power to govern men or to corrupt and erroneously influence even the human expression of government. Since there is in truth only one government, namely God's, in reality there is and can be no other.

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