Mind-God in our Politics
Julio C. Rivas, CS
It is an election year again. Some are decided and ardent about their candidate and political views, while others are taking a wait-and-see approach. The campaigns are engaged in plenty of mud-slinging, and the usual we-have-all-the-right-answers politicking.
Enlightened prayer introduces an intelligent, problem-solving influence to the political process. All benefit from it. A spiritual approach engages those who are turned-off by the negatives of politics. It brings new insights to those who are passionate about their political position.
More important than any zealous political position is to subsume politics to the intelligence of Mind-God. Truth-God is the fountain of brilliant solutions to labyrinthine problems. By resorting to divine Intelligence we generate better outcomes.
Divine Wisdom provides incandescent insights and fruitful approaches. There is more brilliance and effectiveness to be gained from one moment of humble communion with Mind, then from absorbing all the intellectual arguments of a one-sided political opinion.
So much of politics is corrupted by greed, power, fear and hate. These are blinding and destructive. But our humble attentiveness to Mind opens consciousness to intelligent know-how and this can resolve intransigent situations. Mind-God has innumerable innovative answers that liberate us from petrified and unworkable ways. Mind’s goodness speaks to and helps each individual and all of humanity.
Any elected official may fail, or disappoint us, but Mind never does. History has taught us that a political view deeply held by millions can be wrong. If we are willing to change with newfound information, or based on spiritual inspiration and transformation, we can influence the political process in admirable ways.
What are never exhausted are Mind’s ideas. Our spiritual intelligence is always bubbling with outstanding, ingenious solutions that benefit all citizens. God’s government accentuates freedom and justice for all. One can easily appreciate how such wonderful concepts like individual rights, justice for women and children, fair competition and equal opportunity have changed and continue to change societies throughout the world.
Social media, blogging, online journals, and grassroots organizing have revamped the political process in unexpected ways and will continue doing so. They have harnessed and dispersed power and influence. They’ve made it possible for millions of people in a city, or nation, to identify problems and offer solutions better and faster than any bureaucrat, or any bureaucratic institution. They represent a hub of connectivity among solution-minded citizens and political leaders. As evolving technology continues to speed up and spread out the connectivity among citizens, the political process will be made more responsive and effective.
What a formidable political leader Joshua proved to be. Joshua faced disheartening difficulties after Moses’ death. Yet by seeking God’s wisdom and courage he was able to inspire the ancient Israelites to grander achievements and greater safety. His example is a helpful guide to us when we feel confused, frustrated, and angry, or overwhelmed, by political issues.
The Lord said to Joshua, “Be strong, vigorous and very courageous; be not afraid, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). He took God’s message to heart and reminded himself and his people of it whenever their determination and confidence waned. After being re-inspired they responded, “All you command us we will do, and wherever you send us, we will go. … Only the Lord your God be with you as He was with Moses” (Josh. 1:16, 17).
Accomplished author and religious founder, M. B. Eddy, was an excellent leader of people. It is a marvel what she accomplished. Asked about her politics, she responded with this formal statement: “I have none, in reality, other than to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself.” She called upon others to pray for a better world.
For example, in a 1900 interview with the New York World she said, “To my sense, the most imminent dangers confronting the coming century are: the robbing of people of life and liberty under the warrant of the Scriptures; the claims of politics and of human power, industrial slavery, and insufficient freedom of honest competition; ritual, creed, and trusts in place of the Golden Rule, ‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them’” (My 266:30). Although it is over a century later, these are still dangers we are trying to solve.
As Americans and as citizens of the world, we can pray that everyone be guided by Mind-Love and the Golden Rule. With Mind in our politics we can make outstanding contributions to the future of our nation and the world.
What should be our politics? It should be to achieve the greatest good for everyone.