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The government that unites

- Lessons from the Pastor

How often have we, in our study of the Scriptures, committed a passage to memory and used it, and then one day gotten a new insight—an epiphany—that gives the passage deeper meaning? This happened to me recently.

The Christian Science Bible Lesson one week contained this passage: “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us” (Isaiah 33:22). The passage has been a favorite of mine over the years because of its assertion that God is in control, saving and preserving His children. However, on reading it again, I was struck by the three roles God holds in that passage, and how they mirror the three branches of government in the United States. God is our judge (the judicial branch); God is our lawgiver (the legislative branch); God is our king (the executive branch). When considering the passage from that perspective, I felt a real sense of God’s presence, power, and government, especially when I considered the final part of the passage: “he will save us.”

Over the past few years, there has been such a sense of divisiveness and unwillingness to work in a unified manner within our government; all the posturing and bombastic rhetoric have thwarted efforts to address current economic and social issues. However, understanding that God, Mind (infinite intelligence and wisdom), is in ultimate and complete control, enables us to change a negative view of our government to one of confidence.

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