Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Finding Peace amid Political Rancor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Finding Peace amid Political Rancor

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I had a dear friend who, when anyone would try to bring her into a political conversation, would always respond the same way - she would share this thought from the Bible: "The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us" (Isaiah 33:22). My friend cared deeply about world events, and she offered this as a way she was finding helpful in responding to situations such as a contentious and unorthodox presidential race: an approach with humble, healing prayer.

This election year here in the United States, more than any election ever before, has led me to pray with spiritual ideas I've learned in my study of Christian Science. My prayer isn't asking God for one candidate to win over another, but seeks to understand the true status of man that is given in the Bible. The first chapter of Genesis presents man and woman as God's spiritual ideas that are governed wholly and completely by God, who is good. It teaches us that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). Leading up to that Chapter 1 finale is a record of creation unfolded in completeness and order. Nothing needs to be changed. Spiritual creation is intact.

As I've prayed about this more deeply, I've gained a deeper insight into how, in spiritual reality, there are no competing minds vying for position. There is in fact one divine Mind, God, who created us as His ceaseless good and intelligent expression. Negative personality traits are no part of man as God's spiritual expression.

Reasoning from this humble spiritual standpoint, we are better able to feel the peace of knowing that we aren't created to work against one another, but to lovingly coexist in unity and coordination with God's order of perpetual good. And with this understanding, we can gain an assurance that God is guiding His children to express His goodness, and nothing else. This kind of prayer gives us the discernment and understanding that can play an important part in helping unify a community, a nation, and the world.

Where does this unifying take place? Right within our own thought. The teachings of Christian Science show that Mind, God, is the only true consciousness of man (that is, of all men and women, as we are spiritually created). …

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