July 4th Letter to Editor

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN 7-3-16

 

Letters to the editor

Real power lies in the hands of God, not mere mortals

Tomorrow, Americans will celebrate the day that we declared independence from the British monarchy. But self-government didn’t come automatically on July 4, 1776.

“If men were angels,” James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers, “no government would be necessary.” Unfortunately that is not the case. So, Madison continued, “You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”

During the 240-year interim since the Declaration of Independence was signed much has transpired to make self-government work — laws, checks and balances, amendments, compromises, etc. As in 1776, the removal of despots and the promotion of freedom are well worth supporting. “Humans may not be an gels, but when they put self-government above self-interest they become a little more like them” wrote John Yemma (The Christian Science Monitor, July 3, 2014).

Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th and early 20th century theologian and Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, was often asked what were her politics? Her reply was “I have none in reality, other than to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and to love my neighbor as myself” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany , p. 276).

Real power lies in the hands of God, not mortal personalities. Reflecting on this can help us to navigate a tumultuous political landscape as it helped our forefathers.

Hank Teller, C.S.

Christian Science Committee on Publication for Mississippi

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