Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

From Anger to Peacemaking

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

From Anger to Peacemaking

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A Christian Science perspective.

"All this anger is making me really mad," I joked to a friend recently.

The irony of that statement was not lost on either of us. But news coverage in the US and elsewhere has been rife with reports of threats and acts of violence against politicians and government officials because of various decisions they've made. Awareness is growing of an increasing polarization and extremism of opinions, not only in the US but throughout the world (see for example the Monitor's March 8 feature, "Why Americans are so angry").

At times like this, it's helpful to remember Jesus' beatitude "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" (Matt. 5:9). A peacemaker is one who settles disputes, promotes harmony and understanding among people, and, of course, refrains from violence and encourages others to do the same.

That beatitude assures us that those who make peace find happiness and are called God's children. What a sweet reward! Yet as I've been praying in response to current threats of violence, and thinking deeply about this beatitude, I've found it enlightening to look at Jesus' statement in reverse - to begin with the child of God. In other words, to act as a child of God and to see others the same way is to be a peacemaker.

When we prayerfully stop and recognize that we are all the children of the same divine Parent, who is Love itself, we begin to realize that we are truly one another's brothers and sisters, incapable of hatred and violence. We are governed harmoniously by God, who is also the one infinite Mind. This Mind loves each of its spiritual ideas, individually and impartially.

When we fully realize this, we can't help thinking and acting as children of Love, loving even those with whom we may strongly disagree. To do so brings us and others into harmony with the divine order. …

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