Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

One Supreme Authority Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

One Supreme Authority Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Reports of violence against unarmed civilians continue to filter into the press. When violence is perpetrated by a group unassociated with a government, it is called terrorism. But what about violence against civilians carried out by government-sponsored military organizations? In Kosovo, Bosnia, Sudan, South Africa, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, and other places, military personnel have assassinated unarmed civilians without the benefit of a trial, in the name of promoting government interests or preserving national security. On Nov. 22, over 7,000 people gathered to protest the United States Army's School of the Americas' role in training foreign military personnel, who later participated in atrocities against civilians in their respective countries. How can one pray for security without abuse of power? I've found it helpful to begin praying by affirming that God is the Supreme Commander. God is the Supreme Being, governing all, from the highest general to the private. The Greek word translated Lord means "supreme in authority." The ultimate authority for both soldier and civilian is God, the divine Principle. God communicates and enforces His authority through spiritual statutes. God's laws are impartial. Universal. They don't favor one nation over another. Human efforts to dominate, suppressing the rights of another, have no divine authority. Eventually, we will see God arrest the perpetrator, and a higher sense of justice will be restored. Those in military service are not exempt from God's requirements. In fact, high moral and ethical standards promote wisdom and good judgment. When we seek to know that each individual has the ability to discern and understand God's commands, this is prayer that supports the establishment of divine justice and brings protection to those involved in conflict. What if we believe that military policy, or a direct military order, is opposed to Principle, to God? Then, our continued communion with divine Mind can reveal a solution unique to the situation. This need not conflict with complying with human authority. Conflict and confusion belong to the human mind, while the divine Mind promotes clarity and unity of purpose. …

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