Love’s Battle Flags
by Gilbert Carpenter
In 1881 Mary Baker Eddy wrote this inspiring poem:
With Love’s battle flags unfurled,
With hope’s Cause before the world,
We are going on;
Though the storm clouds thunder o’er us,
Though the path seems dark before us,
We are going on;
For our Master led the way,
Fought the fight, and won the day!
Follow, follow, all who may,
Going on, Going on.
“With Love’s battle flags unfurled.”
When Christian Scientists talk about the fight they are having with evil, it sounds like a real one, as if the forces of good were arrayed against the forces of evil; but the forces of good are real, and the forces of evil are imaginary. The struggle is never anything more than what goes on in one’s own consciousness, against the humanly inherited temptation to believe that one has something real to fight. As long as one believes he has something to fight, he continues to have an enemy, which is his belief. Hence, what is needed is the realization that the only power is Love, that the only fight is to retain Love, and that a right understanding of Love dissipates and destroys every phase of illusion or falsity. Evil is merely a belief. Yet it needs dissipation just as much as though it were a reality.
Love is the effective thought in Christian Science. Its efficacy comes through one’s effort to realize the allness of everpresent Love; that we are now immersed in an ocean of infinite Love, that we cannot get away from it, it is all about us and within us; that the manifestation of Love as well as Love itself, can produce only joy, peace, and a sweet and uplifting sense that is never reversed, that can never carry aught of sorrow or sadness, but instead dissipates them; that it can never result in anything but a permanent and continued spiritual ecstasy that knows no end.
Thus it can be seen that Love’s battle flag is not a passive acceptance of Love, but an active demonstration of it. The flag is unfurled so that everybody, even if they do not see it, will feel it and be blessed.