Self-Government Under God: True Liberty
by Florence Roberts
I love the understanding that we are under the government of the All-knowing, All-seeing, All-acting and All-wise God, who is merciful and just. He alone can confer the peace that cannot be disturbed. His promises are kept, and we can call on them every moment of the day or night.
More and more I feel totally convinced that self-government under God would have a collective effect of obedience to the Ten Commandments and the two given by Christ Jesus, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22) Can anyone doubt that these laws, individually obeyed, would effect a more peaceful world?
From Retrospection and Introspection page 48, Mrs. Eddy states clearly that: “Every one should build on his own foundation, subject to the one builder and maker, God.” In her works she explains how everyone can learn their true selfhood, through Christ Jesus’ teachings and example. From him we learn we are God’s likeness, each is an embodiment of all right ideas, meaning we each already include health, wealth, comfort, freedom, happiness, etc. Thus, the sense of lack of any of these is merely an attempt to deny our perfection. We cannot and should not dishonor God by believing in them, as if there was some self or power apart from Him.
In our Daily Duties, found at the end of each Bible Lesson, Mrs. Eddy implores God thus: “and may Thy Words enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!” And in the second Daily Duty we read, “In Science, divine Love alone governs man.” These are invaluable counsel for us to remain under God’s control and direction in all we do.
She further reiterates, “Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.” (S&H)
Who can better govern His own creation, individually and collectively than the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omni-acting God?