The Stones Shall Cry Out
by Mary Beth Singleterry
Recently a few of us had the opportunity to visit The Mother Church Extension in Boston. What was especially riveting about this visit was time spent observing the quotations written on the wall excerpted from both The Bible from and from Science and Health. Many of these quotations were carved into the stone- never to be erased, and all of them were carefully chosen and placed by Mrs. Eddy.
In the Biblical chapter of Habakkuk, there is a verse which states in part, “for the stones shall cry out of the wall.” When you step into this beautiful building and sit down in the silence of it all – this is what you feel, Mrs. Eddy speaking to us –telling us of lessons past, lessons for our present time and lessons yet to come….the very stones crying out!
These quotes are for the most part not of the “God is Love” garden variety. They are the tough citations, the call to action, the call to stay awake and the call for moral courage.
Think about this – above the First and Second Readers platform are the following verses:
“Preach the word; be instant in season out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Paul
“When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere unless in the attempt to purify it.” Mary B.G. Eddy
Is not Mrs. Eddy reminding each and every one of us of the moral fiber needed to maintain the spiritual nature of church – to keep it pure and free from the danger of the human mind and of human organization?! And yet how many have even really seen – let alone have followed these solemn instructions?
The Church Manual on page 17 interestingly states – at the meeting of the Christian Science Association in the year 1879 a motion made by Mrs. Eddy, was voted on and approved and it was, “to organize a church to commemorate the word and works of our Master which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing. “How important we have this early instruction of Mrs. Eddy engraved upon our hearts never to be forgotten.
In an early July 4th Sermon Mrs. Eddy emphatically states:
“But what of ourselves, and our times and obligations? Are we duly aware of our own great opportunities and responsibilities? Are we prepared to meet and improve them, to act up to the acme of divine energy wherewith we are armored?
Never was there a more solemn and imperious call than God makes to us all, right here, for fervent devotion and an absolute consecration to the greatest and holiest of all causes. The hour is come. The great battle of Armageddon is upon us. The powers of evil are leagued together in secret conspiracy against the Lord and against His Christ, as expressed and operative in Christian Science. Large numbers in desperate malice, are engaged day and night in organizing action against us. Their feeling and purpose are deadly, and they have sworn enmity against the lives of our standard bearers.
What will you do about it? Will you be equally in earnest for the truth? Will you doff your lavender-kid zeal, and become real and consecrated warriors? Will you give yourselves wholly and irrevocably to the great work of establishing the truth, the gospel, and the Science which are necessary to the salvation of the world from error, sin, disease, and death? Answer at once and practically, and answer aright!” (from Miscellaneous Writings pages 176-177)