There’s a lot of fear, not to mention confusion, rumbling around about the candidates running for election in the United States. And people are asking what’s going on?, especially when it comes to candidates who are surprising everyone, or worse, seem to mock the process. When praying about this issue recently, the term”God’s elect” came to mind and I looked it up. I found that Paul used this term twice in his letters — in his letter to Titus and his letter to the Romans:
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
I then asked myself why is this term — “God’s elect” — important? When thinking about it I realized that the Bible shows, even illustrates, that it’s God who does all the appointing, leading, designing, and designating of people’s roles. Paul, understood this well. After all, he was appointed to do wonderful things for Christianity through Christ. But wasn’t he, at first, someone who appeared to be very evil?
Paul — a solid example of God’s elect and loving justice
Paul is a helpful reminder that people, no matter how they appear, are subject to God’s law of Love at all times. Paul’s example shows us that God can turn things around on a dime. I’m reassured that this is not mere naiveté . In fact, when Paul was at the height of his crusade against Christians, when he had all the resources he needed, he was stopped in his tracks by God and Paul heard Christ Jesus speak to him.
The perfect demonstrator of God’s law, Christ Jesus, knew that it was important to see past what the eyes present. Jesus saw through sin, evil, error, and all kinds of sickness — and he healed every case. Jesus knew that what the eyes present about our experience and how the human senses perceive things are distortions, at best, of what is really true about man’s goodness, purity and even his source of Life.
Paul needed to learn this, too, by being healed of physical and moral blindness. And when his blindness was healed by Ananias, Paul’s world transformed (see Acts 9). The effect was that Paul wanted to know more about the divine power behind Christianity — and he wanted to spread this good news across the known world.
Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 476:32-5
Proceed with joy—God’s love is governing all
What does Paul’s example mean for the election and the state of my government, at hand? Well, I keep asking myself these questions about God’s government:
- Am I accepting what the five senses present — that God is separate from His creation, OR am I leaning on spiritual understanding that affirms God’s, perfect creation is eternally at one with Him?
- On which side am I fighting — am I unwittingly believing (and technically supporting) the concept that God is powerless in some situations, OR am I standing with the fact that God is All-in-all?
- Am I believing that man is a mortal sinner and therefore separate from God and also therefore not God’s image and likeness, OR, Am I trusting that man, God’s spiritual idea, is eternally good, because he is the reflection of God?
Asking myself these types of questions helps me see through the fear and doubt about “people in charge.” I’m learning more and more that I can trust that God’s love and goodness cannot be mocked, removed, nor perverted. God’s man is eternally safe and good — Jesus proved it for me and I can prove it, too.
What is more, God gave you and me dominion — we have power over all fear because God’s love is the power, and the One, who destroys fear, sickness, and sin on our behalf. So I can move forward with joy! I can trust that God’s elect, even His Christ, is animating all of us — everyone running for office and those already serving in the government — no matter what the news says or my senses say. God alone is power.
Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” Such is the true Science of being. Any other theory of Life, or God, is delusive and mythological.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 249:6