An ethical dilemma, and an honest response

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Honesty is spiritual power.

Mary Baker Eddy


An ethical dilemma, and an honest response By Inge Schmidt

Christian Science Sentinel 


Unfortunately, what had seemed like a start-up company with potential quickly began to look like a losing proposition. A lot of false promises were being made, some of which were ethically questionable. My husband and I talked about his sticking it out until he could find another job, but as the weeks passed, he felt strongly that he needed to leave … now.

Then came the thoughts to me: “How could he do this to me? To us?” “We finally had some stability. What is he doing?” “Couldn’t he have stuck this out a little longer? He promised me he would!” I was angry and frustrated. Yet at the same time, I felt guilty: How could I not be supporting him in what he feels is a principled decision? In spite of my best reasoning, I couldn’t find any peace about the situation. While self-pity and self-justification provided a momentary sense of satisfaction, it hardly made me feel better about the situation. In fact, I was miserable.

As a Christian Scientist, I’ve learned that I have a divine right to reject any sense of limitation. This isn’t a matter of human will or an exercise of mind over matter. It’s acknowledging the inherent truth in what Jesus once said to his disciples: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” ( Luke 12:32). The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, echoes this biblical promise: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” ( p. vii). After a day or so, I realized that I had a decision to make. Was I going to wallow in my misery? Or was I going to follow the teachings of Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy, as I had so many times before, in the interest of regaining my peace and happiness?

I can’t say that the whole situation resolved overnight. In fact, our financial situation was pretty dire when my husband did get a new job (since the paycheck from my part-time job wouldn’t have been enough to cover the next round of bills). And when he did find it, we needed to relocate to a new city, where living expenses were much higher than our previous home. I realized, however, that the solution was not the new job or the new home or the new friends (although those certainly were wonderful). It was our newfound confidence that we could expect to experience abundant good, even where all the evidence seemed to suggest the contrary.

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An ethical dilemma, and an honest response

Inge Schmidt

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