Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Three Branches of Government, but One Infinite God ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Three Branches of Government, but One Infinite God ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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"O how love I thy law," the Psalmist sang when thinking of being governed by one infinite, altogether good God (Ps. 119:97). But when considering some of the laws that govern our land today, we may sing a different tune.

Most democracies have various branches of government that provide checks and balances on one another. Today in the United States one hears frequently that one branch is not doing its job - that the judiciary is making laws instead of interpreting them according to the Constitution, that Congress is too partisan to pass good legislation, and that the executive branch is overreaching.

In my own life, I have found differences of opinion, even of modus operandi, helpful if they are subservient to God's law. When my husband and I had a small business, there came a time to make a decision between two different procedures. We held opposite views. Since we were used to praying over all kinds of issues, we went to different rooms to pray over this decision. When I came out of my room, I heard myself saying, "You are absolutely right. We should do it that way."

In such situations I have always prayed, "Not my will (nor anyone else's personal will) but Thine be done." God's will truly is what needs to be done, because any activity flowing from a recognition of one universal God has a universal blessing. And prayer that subdues our own desires, instead of begging for their fulfillment, allows us to give up personal opinions, if that is necessary, or strengthens us with the right way to carry our plans forward.

Mary Baker Eddy, who founded this newspaper in part to help people reason intelligently about current issues, wrote a short article instructing church members to pray specifically for each of the three branches of the United States government: "Pray that the divine presence may still guide and bless our chief magistrate, those associated with his executive trust, and our national judiciary; give to our congress wisdom, and uphold our nation with the right arm of His righteousness" ("Christian Science versus Pantheism," page 14). …

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