Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer for a Transparent Government ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer for a Transparent Government ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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As two recent articles in this newspaper reported, the United States government, in both executive and legislative branches, has been rocked by scandal, charges, countercharges, and more than the whiff of bribery, while the Canadian government has just fallen to a no-confidence vote brought about by similar charges of corruption ("Ethics cloud grows wider over GOP," and "Canadians face bitter vote," Nov. 30).

It's normal for citizens to expect honesty, faithfulness, and credibility in their governments, yet too often elected officials succumb to the temptations of greed and fail in their trust. We don't have to wait for investigative reporters or the political opposition to root out and expose corruption, however. Prayer can help.

The prayer of affirmation of God's continuing presence and guidance in our lives is not partisan; it doesn't support one political ideology over another. Rather, it affirms that God is in control and guides our leaders. This prayer isn't conservative or liberal, Republican or Democratic. It embraces all in the conscious understanding that God's government includes all of us.

In thinking about the current media reports in the US of the uncovering of corruption, and charges that wrongdoing may be found extending to high levels of government, I found counsel in a short work by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper. At the time of the Spanish-American War, she wrote, "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," p. 14).

This prayer is universal. It isn't specifically pro- administration or confined exclusively to the US. It can be applied to developed and developing countries alike. …

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