Equality – Special June Pride Edition – 06/29/2013

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It seems that when David next heard of his beloved Jonathan, it was to receive the sad news that both he and his father Saul had been slain in battle. For all his faults, Saul had been king of Israel, and David included him and his son in a noble epitaph: “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided”; while to Jonathan he paid a more personal tribute: “Very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women”     (II Sam. 1:23, 26).

“David and Johnathan” from the June 1967 issue of The Christian Science Journal

 

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Thea Spyer and Edith Windsor  – COURTESY RESPECT FOR MARRIAGE COALITION

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Equality

By Margaret Morrison

From the January 12, 1946 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

Equality among men and nations, individuals and races, has been sought by mankind throughout the ages in many and varied ways, both violent and peaceful, more recently through legislation, arbitration, and distribution of wealth. But equality can be established only on a mental basis, and qualities of character cannot be legislated. Equality does not come in the line of material possessions, or of arbitrary laws aimed to eliminate class distinctions. No sentimental emotion or sympathetic mesmerism can bring about an equality which does not exist in actuality of thought and conduct. Only through equal spiritual standards and ideals and acceptance of equal responsibility to maintain those ideals; only through intelligent love and patience with each other’s failings, individual and racial, can equality be approached in human living.

On page 181 of “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany” Mary Baker Eddy writes, “It is a ‘consummation devoutly to be wished’ that all nations shall speedily learn and practise the intermediate line of justice between the classes and masses of mankind, and thus exemplify in all things the universal equity of Christianity.” In practicing the “intermediate line of justice between the classes and masses of mankind” we shall have laws of equity, equal rights and equal opportunities for all, equal justice based on the scientific Christianity which reveals man as the expression of God, divine Mind. Men will be found equal in the exact proportion that they understand and express this Mind,

“And poise the cause in justice’ equal scales,
Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.”

In the effort to bring about equality by material measurements, there is danger of making an ideal of mediocrity and leveling all things down to the ordinary and material rather than up to the ideal and practically spiritual. While there must be equality of justice, equality of opportunity for all, there must also be recognition of the fact that ignorance is not in equal scales with enlightenment, and the one who refuses enlightenment may not be allowed to set a standard or establish a law for the one eager and ready for higher standards of thinking and conduct. Idleness and sloth cannot demand an equality with industry and diligence, nor self-aggressiveness with dignity and self-respect. Indifferent workmanship is not in equality with skilled, intelligent craftsmanship. Interest only in a pay check is not in equality with interest in work honestly done for its own sake and for the good of all. There is no equality between right and wrong, high idea’s and low levels of thinking, and in the intermediate lines of justice there cannot be equal rewards for these two standards of thought and action.

The cause of all inequality is the belief in two kinds of life and substance, one spiritual and one material, one good and one evil. Men acting on this belief become engaged in the hopeless task of finding an equal balance between these contraries. When men come to recognize one God, Spirit, one Principle, as the standard by which to live, they will begin to find an equality in human living, politically, financially, and socially.

Then it is only in the practice of scientific Christianity that equality may be apprehended and demonstrated. Christ Jesus gave the basis of all equality when he taught men to pray, “Our Father.” Mrs. Eddy has stated it very clearly on page 467 of “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” where she writer, “It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.” Only with this understanding of the one parent Mind and His spiritual creation will all men be recognized as “born equal.”

Mind, or God, is Love, and Mrs. Eddy writes on page 13 of Science and Health, “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals.” Each individual shares equally in the treasures and bestowals of divine Love, infinite good, and he experiences this goodness proportionately to his receptivity; his willingness to appraise all good by the standard of Spirit and accept his at-one-ment with God. Each one may then have all the love, the joy and peace, all the intelligence, substance, and glad activity he will acknowledge and accept. In this uplifted ideal is the way of equality for men and nations.

One of the greatest examples of friendship that we have in history is that which existed between David and Jonathan—Jonathan the son of a king and David a simple shepherd lad, far in social esteem from the life of kings and courts. And yet we are told in the book of Samuel that “the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” This erasing of class distinction, this friendship of equality, could not have been brought about by human legislation. Was it not the inevitable result of similar qualities of character, similar ideals and aims? n equal love of the good, the true, and the beautiful is the only sure way of leveling class barriers and obliterating racial differences.

It is hopeful today to see the light of spiritual truth, as revealed in Christian Science, shining in the darkness of materialism and false concepts, pointing to better ways and means, more equitable laws, making for a more equal scale of human living. This light will continue to shine “more and more unto the perfect day,” when men will acknowledge one Mind and express that Mind in high ideals, pure motives, unselfed service, and satisfied gladness of heart. Love divine, the Principle of all existence, understood and demonstrated, reveals the established oneness of Mind and the equality of Mind’s ideas.

Margaret Morrison