Polarization seems to be running rampant in the United States these days. Voters get divided into the red and the blue, the liberal and the conservative, the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.
In praying for a way out of feeling polarized, I found inspiration in these words written by Mary Baker Eddy:
“This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 96.
As I studied this passage, I thought, “I want to stand on the side of ’Science and peace.’ This is the cure for polarization.”
When one stands on the side of “Science and peace,” he is not judging his neighbor critically according to their political views or medical choices. He beholds the child of God that listens to divine direction and acts per heavenly guidance.
To stand with “Science and peace,” is to be a peacemaker, not a conflict maker. It’s to show respect to others, even those with different opinions. It’s to see the good in others, to seek out common ground, to look for ways to work together as one, and to work for the common good.
To stand with “Science and peace,” is to not stand with anger, self-righteous pride, narrow-minded outlooks, or stubborn opinion.
To stand with “Science and peace,” is to rise above material mortal polarization, and unite with the one Mind that brings everyone together as one.
To stand with “Science and peace,” is to stand with God, with divine Love, and to be a positive influence and presence in all relations with other people.
To stand with “Science and peace,” is to choose to not stand on the side of “discord and dismay.”
With God, there’s only one side to choose, the side of “Science and peace.” That’s the side that sounds most attractive to me.
Where do you choose to stand today?