An unstoppable dawn

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Christian Science Monitor

An unstoppable dawn

A Christian Science perspective:


The light that is dawning in human consciousness and revealing humanity’s right to freedom cannot be stopped, and it will ultimately displace the darkness of oppression. That’s because the light is spiritual, though everyone may not recognize it as such. Nevertheless, humanity’s right to freedom – each individual’s right to be respected with dignity, as one who has something uniquely valuable to contribute to society – is a universal truth. Its source is in divine Truth, the God and Father of all.

The oppressor may seem to be a personal dictator exercising unjust authority over a nation. It may seem to be the business policies of a company that keeps women from well-deserved advancements, or a disease that disables one’s body, or any other oppressive circumstance. The real oppressor in any case, however, is actually a material, limited sense of existence, from which each individual must awaken through receptivity to the spiritual light of Truth. And each individual has the inherent spiritual sense that “lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth” – the light that is right there and everywhere to enlighten and save anyone who welcomes it. Truth, after all, is the only real power. This is where prayer comes in.

Fear of oppression strikes individually – be it in the form of tyranny over a nation or just over oneself personally – and it can seem like an insurmountable giant to one lone person. But here’s the thing: no one is just one lone person; the actual identity of each one of us is the spiritual reflection of God, of Truth. In fact, Christ Jesus said that we are “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14), and that’s because we are the light of Light, God. We are, truly, God’s shining, or brilliant expression – as inseparable from God as the sun’s rays are inseparable from the sun. Oppression is totally excluded from this light.

When the giant Goliath threatened to oppress Israel, the youthful David defeated him through confidence in his own connection with the one all-powerful God. He said to Goliath, “I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (I Sam. 17:45) – and he brought down Goliath with a single stone from his sling. Truly, the dawning of Truth is unstoppable.