After an Election

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Readings from the Bible and Science & Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy


147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power:
133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
22:28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.


4:1 … Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them:
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

SH 115:13
GOD: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind.

SH 112:16-20 (to ;)
From the infinite One in Christian Science comes one Principle and its infinite idea, and with this infinitude come spiritual rules, laws, and their demonstration, which, like the great Giver, are “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;”

SH 318:28-29 In (to 2nd ,)
In Science man is governed by God, divine Principle,…

SH 473:7-10
The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.


22:35 …. a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


22:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
19 ¶And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them…
24 ¶And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
25 And he said unto them, …
26 … he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.


16 …where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.


2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:


20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife:

SH 444:25
“Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.” Immortals, or God’s children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the “children of men” in material sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.

SH 453:6-8
Right and wrong, truth and error, will be at strife in the minds of students, until victory rests on the side of invincible truth.

19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life…
9¶ And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him…
11 … Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

SH 128:4-6
The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man.

SH 323:29-32
It is the “still, small voice” of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher.

SH viii:3-4 to
… to reach the heights of Christian Science, man must live in obedience to its divine Principle.

SH 393:16-18
Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government.


3:5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
6 And Solomon said, …
7 … O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.


2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

SH 149:26 God (to 4th ,)
God, divine Mind, governs all, not partially but supremely,

SH 340:23
One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

SH 171:12-13
Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.


4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

SH 390:4-9
We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.

SH 379:6
The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind.

SH 171:12-13
Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.


20: … O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?


21:9 …when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:
25 ¶ … upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

SH 270:10
Few deny the hypothesis that intelligence, apart from man and matter, governs the universe; and it is generally admitted that this intelligence is the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.

SH 225:14-16
The history of our country, like all history, illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to its embodiment of right thinking.

SH 208:20
Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, — the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.

Supplemental Reading
“After an Election”
By Ralph E. Wagers
The Christian Science Sentinel
November 14, 1964

When elections are over and those who are elected prepare to assume their offices, voters are apt to feel that they have fulfilled their responsibility and have nothing further to do. But that is not so. One who votes is in politics as much as the one for whom he votes. The better he understands this, the more faithfully he follows through in support of his government.

Partisanship plays a useful part in election campaigns, but the one who wins is immediately called upon to submerge narrow partisanship in the art of exercising leadership wisely and in the general interest. At a time when there was strife among the disciples of Christ Jesus over which one of them should be greatest, the Master set forth a rule that has universal application (Luke 22:26): “He that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.”

The one who wins an election may not be a voter’s personal choice. But because he is the choice of the majority of the electorate, he has the right and obligation to represent his entire constituency; and as a representative in government, he is entitled to the intelligent support of all those whom he represents to the extent that this is possible.

IA Christian Scientist learns to see government in terms of Principle and law, and the more clearly and persistently he sees this, the more evidence there is of right action in governmental procedure.

We can—and should—pray for the office to which men and women are elected, and in so doing elevate our concept of the office. We then relate the office to the divine government and establish in thought its potentialities.

The role of individual citizens, then, is not only to vote wisely but to support prayerfully those who are actively engaged in conducting the business of their nation’s government.

The more intelligently laws are established and obeyed, the more they leave the citizenry free to make the best contribution it can to the social and economic life of the nation. Morals and ethics will more effectively pervade the innermost thoughts of those who are elected to serve as these same morals and ethics pervade us, the citizens, for whom the government exists.

All that goes into sound governmental processes has its source in God, divine Principle. This is why the sincere prayers of citizens in support of their governmental representatives aid in bringing forth the highest government of which the people are capable.