Why Take a Stand for God?
Why do we stand up for God’s goodness? We really have no choice! We have a natural inclination to be what we are. On the surface that seems to be a bizarrely obvious reply to a rhetorical question. But, the illusion caused by an unfounded conviction in the reality of material life hides the spiritual facts from consciousness. Do we truly understand who we are? Do we consistently and deliberately apply that understanding to completely transforming our consciousness to conform with the divine? Are we living and breathing and oozing Christian Science in every breath and thought? Or do we only humanly believe that this is what we are doing? Might not a heartfelt introspection reveal that, part of the time, we are just along for the ride, enjoying the company of those we perceive to be like minded?
Be Willing to Change Course
Our leader, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, constantly and consistently searched her thought for the presence of erroneous influence. Thus, she was always ready and willing to completely change her course on the basis of divine leadings. She insisted that
“you must give much time to self-examination and correction; you must control appetite, passion, pride, envy, evil-speaking, resentment, and each one of the innumerable errors that worketh or maketh a lie.” (Mis. 137:23-27)
Christian Scientists must not allow their human sense of identity to prevent them from going the full spiritual distance. We must comprehend the depth of the transformation of spiritual identity needed to transform the world for good. We each must lift human consciousness above its deep-seated false beliefs in materialism. To mortally based human sense, there are individuals who are unwittingly and unintentionally engaged in what they perceive to be Christian Science practice, for humanly selfish reasons. Some misguided persons enjoy a false self-justified notoriety in the self-satisfaction of their proclamation of a spiritual life being externally lived as a Christian Scientist. Healing comes to the human scene on their behalf by our perception of every individual in his divine sense – by knowing that there is no such man who can carry out selfish intentions under the pretence of goodness. It is animal magnetism which proclaims the validity of every misguided intention and presents human beings as misguided persons. The human who has only learned to intellectually understand his spiritual identity has not completed the task of putting off “the old man”, even through the study of Christian Science.
Man’s purpose is to live the Christ; the full living of the Christ has nothing at all to do with human activity, with human organizations, nor with human-based civil law and government. Because so-called material law so prevails in general human consciousness, Christian Scientists have a duty to constantly monitor the human activity taking place in civil government. Have we been doing that?
The Foe In Ambush
The foe in ambush in our society today comes in the form of atheistic-based, Godless thought. That Godless thought comes continually from subtle, hidden and deceptive influences characteristic of the political left. This is not to say that evil influence is nowhere to be found in the political right, but rather, that the cloaking of evil in deceptively benevolent human forms is a distinctly leftist characteristic. Leftist thought presents human benevolence as mankind’s savior, in place of the God that it would eradicate from society. Therein lies its hidden evil. For at least the past 50 years, humanly controlling Marxist based socialistic thinking, clothed in benevolence, has gradually wormed its way into the human thought process of American society. It began with, and continues with, both the open and the subtle denouncement of God, the only true governor. We must never hesitate to speak the truth recognized in prayer at the risk of being controversial and unpopular. The human notoriety of the many who profess humanly socialistic political ideologies is widely respected. Among those who profess the benevolence of socialism are also many who profess adherence to its very opposite, Christian Science, When we see the foe, it is our duty to announce our observation. Mrs. Eddy has this to say on pages 570 and 571 of Science and Health with Key to The Scriptures:
“Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil’s hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity.
“Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary to ensure the avoidance of evil? Because people like you better when you tell them their virtues than when you tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his faults, and so risk human displeasure for the sake of doing right and benefiting our race. Who is telling of the foe in ambush? Is the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given no warning.”