Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What We Can Do about Crime

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What We Can Do about Crime

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THE cost of crime runs in the millions of dollars, as reported in today's paper, but what we pay in wasted lives is costlier. Many people feel that the pervasiveness of crime, especially among young people, is a result of a general moral decline in society. Several weeks ago on a news program, William Bennett, former Secretary of Education and former "drug czar," spoke of the lack of moral instruction in families and schools today. In an effort to provide an educational tool on values, Mr. Bennett recently compiled a collection of moral literature, which is published under the title The Book of Virtues. Efforts such as this are certainly helpful. But some people feel it is too late to save those whose behavior seems already formed by violent television programs or by troubled households. Such a view of man would leave us helpless to stop the epidemic of violent crime. But there is a way to prove that we aren't helpless, that we can make a real difference in alleviating crime. Spiritually understanding what man is as God's reflection results in concrete healing--in our own lives, in our neighborhoods, and in the worldwide community. The Bible makes clear an eternal, spiritual fact: God is the one creator. He created man and the entire universe. God is good and is Spirit, and this divine Spirit created man in its own image. The image of the one, good Spirit can't be a hateful, drug-addicted, violent mortal but must be the spiritual expression of goodness. Christ Jesus understood this, and his entire life illustrated the truth of man's real, spiritual selfhood. Jesus knew that we, too, can fully demonstrate our true identity. This is why he could direct us, as Matthew's Gospel records, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (5:48). Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, both explains the true nature of man and shows us how to follow Jesus' example in demonstrating it. …
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