A Christian Science perspective.

To me, there is a reason why the phrase “In God We Trust” is written on every piece of money minted in the United States. A very sound, strong, and fundamental reason, which undergirds the basis upon which any economy can function – full and complete faith in the one God.

The economic system – the true economy of being – is not material. It’s not founded on stocks and bonds, supply and demand, economic theories, bailouts or buy-ins. It is founded on divine Principle, God, which is unerring, unchanging, and undiminished. This divine economy, which emanates from God, expresses the abundance of His infinite, eternal creation. The fullness of creation and its economy is unabated throughout all time. The perfection of God’s creation includes the promise of continual economic gain and infinite abundance for all.

A tumultuous economy has no place in the peaceable kingdom of God. The promise inherent in Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritual interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer, “[A]s in heaven, so on earth, – God is omnipotent, supreme” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 17), must be played out in the world’s financial markets, from Wall Street to Main Street, and in the individual lives of God’s children everywhere.

In reality there is not now, nor has there ever been, any lack of good in the world, as God is good and infinite. His supply of right ideas and solutions is available to all 24/7. These ideas are “pennies from heaven,” seen as sound thinking, reliable solutions, equitable management, and efficient use of resources at hand.

These qualities are spiritual in nature and effective in human affairs. We each can expect to experience the positive effects of sound financial judgment in our individual lives and in the world economy. Christ Jesus’ promise “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10) is a resource for us all.

“Cast the net on the right side” (John 21:6) was a demand of the Master to trust in the source of all supply, the heavenly Father-Mother God, who is able to supply all good. It is a demand for humble listening, clear thinking, and obedient action. It is a call to prayer from which inspired solutions will follow.

Greed and pride can be overcome with humble listening, wisdom, honesty, and integrity in ourselves and in worldwide financial management. The perfect bond between God and His creation can and will sustain us as we work to regain economic soundness.

“In God We Trust” still stands. God’s resources – answers to economic problems – are at hand, full and overflowing, continuously multiplying, in full operation, blessing our lives abundantly.

From The Christian Science Journal. 

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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