Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Question: How should Christian Scientists react to persecution?
Answer: Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, set an example for her followers. Some day you
will want to read some of the biographies of her life, so you will see how much persecution she endured on behalf of Christian Science, which she established on earth through her healings, teaching, and writing. But, of this persecution, she was able to write:
“Rest assured that the injustice done by press and pulpit to this denomination of Christians will cease, when it no longer blesses this denomination.” (My. 151)
“Be patient towards persecution. Injustice has not a tithe of the power of justice. Your enemies will advertise for you.” (My. 127)
After relentless, unfair treatment by newspapers in her later years, Mrs. Eddy responded with love, by bringing forth The Christian Science Monitor, which was meant to set a permanent example to all newspapers. She wrote:
“The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.” (My. 353)
When we can stand courageously in the face of persecution, without seeking revenge, just as the prophets, Jesus, his disciples, and Christian martyrs did, we will set an example for the world.
“Your advancing course may provoke envy, but it will also attract respect.” (S&H 452)
Practice: Try being a “Monitor” today, with the goal of blessing all mankind.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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