Socialism, Communism, and Christian Science
by Paul R. Smillie, written in 1964
The plight of American freedom, and particularly religious freedom, can be explained through an understanding of government. When a government has become too large it takes on added responsibility. This responsibility is given up to a government by citizens unaware of their own responsibilities regarding the practice of self-government. A government then becomes top heavy and grows without limit, and the rights which were originally retained by an individual are now residing with the state. Therefore, if a man thinks he has a right to go down the street to church or to study in the manner he sees fit, he must first realize that this activity comes under the jurisdiction of the state. The state will then determine if it is necessary and proper for him to do these things. Putting it bluntly, many people have taken their liberties for granted, and have not guarded them, and at present are in danger of losing them altogether.
This is no idle statement. If we look at the growth of government in the last forty years we can see that it is not a very pretty picture. The great lust for power by men must be handled by individuals taking the initiative to actively demonstrate self-government. Only in this manner is government demonstrated from a subjective standpoint. Only then will the individual see that he is the basis of government in this country. Mary Baker Eddy says, page 80 of Miscellaneous Writings, “Unconstitutional and unjust coercive legislation and laws, infringing individual rights, must be ‘of few days and full of trouble.’ The vox populi, through the providence of God, promotes and impels all true reform; and, at the best time, will redress wrongs and rectify injustice. Tyranny can thrive but feebly under our Government. God reigns, and will ‘turn and overturn’ until right is found supreme.”
Our government has had many changes since Mrs. Eddy was here. We no longer have the Constitutional Republic which our founding fathers established. This country has degenerated into a system of “majority rule.” All action is taken by the consent of the majority with a complete disregard of individual rights. So, today tyranny can thrive under our government because our government has been changed to such a degree that this is possible. The grab for political power at the present time is just an indication of future attempts on a larger scale. If Christian Scientists do not understand our form of government and protect it, mankind will not have Christian Science in the next century! We fail to recognize the error that confronts us. Mrs. Eddy says, (Miscellany 210), “Certain individuals entertain the notion that Christian Science Mind-healing should be two-sided, and only denounce error in general,– saying nothing, in particular, of error that is damning men. They are sticklers for a false, convenient peace, straining at gnats and swallowing camels. The unseen wrong to individuals and society they are too cowardly, too ignorant, or too wicked to uncover, and excuse themselves by denying that this evil exists.”
The errors of this age manifest in faulty political doctrine do not necessarily come from other lands. The evils of human nature do not pick or choose where they will germinate. The individual that accepts them is a party to the crime. These errors would never be manifest in America if thought was not accepting them. The errors of mortal mind manifest as communism and socialism are just modern-day Romanism in different forms attempting to worm their way into consciousness, and it is in consciousness that they are corrected. It is not a problem “out there” to be handled by government officials or someone else. It is your demonstration because the evil is presenting itself to your thought. If an individual is in an unsettled state of mind and his thought is the point of attack for malicious minds, he will either succumb to the suggestiveness of the attack or he will gain strength from it and rise higher. If he does go higher he will have lived up to his highest sense of right. If a country is the point of attack by malicious minds because it denies them absolute control, it too gains from the experience if it rises higher by demonstrating fully its high ideals or basic laws. There is no outside problem attacking us, or our country. We know that problem is suggestion only, and that if we accept it in our thinking we give it power, and if we reject it and demonstrate the truth, we have won the battle. This is subjective demonstration.
Americans would never give up their rights all at one time. They would have to lose them bit by bit before anyone could ever attempt to control this country. Today Americans are gradually giving up their rights to a centralized government. They are destroying their own liberty and this is socialism. It tends to take away rights through a slow process until you wake up one morning without owning your house, car, furniture, your church building or your business. You will be working for the government. If you think this is funny look at yourself or your neighbors and see just how much you really own. How much do you participate in the workings of your city, county, state, and national government? I dare say that these individuals are few and far between. How many of you understand our economic system? You say it is not necessary because I am a Christian Scientist. Well, if you say this you are a moral idiot! You need to handle malicious animal magnetism because it is certainly handling you.
Mrs. Eddy says, “Certain elements in human nature would undermine the civic, social, and religious rights and laws of nations and peoples, striking at liberty, human rights, and self-government– and this, too, in the name of God, justice, and humanity!” (Message for 1900 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10) So you see we do have problems to handle. We must understand how this evil in human nature is attempting to undermine our civic, social, and religious rights, our laws and liberties. This was written in 1900 at the turn of the century. Sixty-four years have gone by since then. Look around you and try to discern for yourself the infringement upon your rights. If you cannot determine them, you had better start reading, and fast! The following is the plan of these malicious minds:
- To destroy deep religious faith.
- To confuse and blur the understanding of the basic principles upon which our country was founded and of the men who founded these principles.
- Completely annihilate confidence in the United States and in its way of life.
- Control agriculture, housing, destroy financial policies, labor, and business.
The foregoing is not a guess. These are the plans of an organization in this country. This comes from them, it is not my own.
We must remember that a government that is big enough to do everything for us is also big enough to take everything away from us. Communism and socialism are the dark ideas which declare, “I want the crown but not the cross.” We must see a government of divine action manifest and not one of material reaction.
Mrs. Eddy says, “The eastern empires and nations owe their false government to the misconceptions of Deity there prevalent.” (Science and Health, page 94) If this is true, then the false sense of government masquerading as our Republic is a false sense or a false concept of Deity prevalent in the United States. The revolution in the United States which had a great deal to do with the forming of our government was Christian. Today, we too must realize that we are part of a revolution. It is the most radical revolution mankind has ever witnessed. Jesus Christ was a revolutionist, he was a rebel, and he was executed as an insurrectionist. He was considered dangerous to the well-being of the rulers. We are too complacent when we come to an honest appraisal of the Master. He was meek and loving, and very gentle. But, he brought down kingdoms with just a few words, and his words are still doing it. Mary Baker Eddy was not just a kindly old lady. She was dynamic! She is the Leader of the most revolutionary movement in the world today. If we would follow their examples we must become extreme in our convictions. We are not to water them down with apathy and neglect, complacency or appeasement. We stand for the highest Law. This Law must permeate all society. It must take the sting away from the evil ones and make them harmless. It must be the call to return to greatness. It is a call to re-establish all the good things that made this country so great, and it is a call to destroy those things which tend to degenerate our country.
Dialectical materialism claims that there is nothing but matter. It claims that matter is positive proof of the universe and that is enough. It considers the facts of the universe to be sufficiently explained by the existence and nature of matter. In other words, mortal mind is given full sway. If this is true, then man has nothing noble to work for. He has no need for self-government because there is no reward. Complete dependency is upon the state and nothing else. What I am trying to get at is this: the ideas of socialism and communism are materialistic and are diametrically opposed to Christian Science. They attempt to subjugate men and nations through totalitarianism. It is the authoritarianism of mortal man as opposed to Law. It is not a system for the advancement of mankind, but it is a system to control mankind under the rule of a few who think themselves much more intelligent than anyone else. In other words, you are too stupid to rule yourself and therefore you must have someone else, preferably the state, take care of you.
Fabian socialism is a brand of socialism which comes from the shores of England. The word Fabian gives it a different meaning because of the different approach they take to the world’s political and economic problems. It is named after the Roman general Quintas Fabius Maximus, which means delayer. He avoided decisive contests in the defense of Rome against Hannibal; hence it means to wear down gradually. It was organized in England in 1884 to spread socialistic principles gradually. Their textbooks are read in most of our universities and colleges, and a great many of our politicians adhere to their policies of economics in government. This is why our freedoms are being eroded away gradually without notice.
Principle interprets the universe and man, not dialectical materialism. Ours is the subjective kingdom of the Father-Mother. It is not ruled by man. The kingdom of mortal mind is attempting to destroy the kingdom of God upon earth, and this is impossible. It is aggressive and seeks to force itself upon a world that is waking from its deep slumber. As Christian Scientists we must demonstrate this kingdom of heaven within us more than ever before. We cannot unite with communists or communism in any world government or any other way. One must go. We cannot live together. There is no peaceful coexistence between error and Truth.
Christian Science has loosed thoughts’ fetters to bring forth the greatest scientific advancement the world has ever seen. Communism is attempting to use the fruits of Christian Science to destroy the very nation that brought it forth. The correct sense of Science must be manifest in material science. Material science cannot be used for destructive purposes if Christian Scientists keep that tendency of error in check and realize that all true science belongs with Christianity. It is only the attempt of mortal mind to pull the Science from the Christian, and at the same time annihilate the Christian through the false sense of science.
The crowning event of history is the discovery of Christian Science and not the communist revolution. God is working his purpose out for men and nations and we must let Him shine through every thought and deed. Demonstration is the need of the hour.