On this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, I’m grateful for all the gains made toward equality and harmony among races. However, much work still needs accomplishing. We can destroy bigotry and hatred in all their forms, in ourselves and society — through prayerful thoughts, and inspired, non-violent actions.
what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
—Jesus (Mark 13:37)
Help progress take hold through Christian acts
The Bible gives clear directions how to act righteously and bless others through our daily actions and thoughts (see the Commandments and the Beatitudes). Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy describes pure Christianity — the act of emulating Jesus’ love, goodness, and healing works — as the key to humanity’s means of knowing divine Truth, God, and finding total freedom from immoral practices. It’s a privilege to practice Christian works in our own lives, even if by slight degrees — little by little — to the best of our ability. In this way progress will continually take hold.
I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
Be a ‘doer’ — lean on God, Truth, to heal the wounds of hate
Standing alone is difficult. And Looking at the Bible, that’s what many Biblical heroes and heroines appeared to do when they stood their ground—from Moses to Ruth, Elisha to Jesus, and Mary to Paul. But they weren’t alone. By trusting themselves to God’s tender care, the Bible shows how these historical figures found freedom and healing by leaning on God, Truth. They sought to know more of the blessing and healing that comes from Truth’s own means of justice. By leaning heavily on God, they witnessed safety, protection, even healing, after hateful acts.
whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Follow the way of Truth to destroy prejudice
Jesus Christ, whose purity and goodness epitomized God’s law of Love (the Christ) in his actions, said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…. (John 14:6)” To me this way, doing works like Jesus or being “Christ-like,” isn’t about being a perfect human or a “good Christian.” Rather, being Christ-like lets the Christ, God’s loving and truthful expression, unfold in our character. Then it takes hold and overshadows and destroys our erring opinions and concepts—washing us clean of every fearful and hateful bias. It may not happen all at once, but even the gradual process of being cleansed by Christ, Truth, will free us all, and certainly will destroy prejudice in ourselves, even one thought at a time.
It is neither Science nor Truth which acts through blind belief, nor is it the human understanding of the divine healing Principle as manifested in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, — of man’s likeness to God and of man’s unity with Truth and Love.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.12:10