Looking for good government in all the wrong places? by guest blogger Susan Macfarlane

Good government: what is it really about:  Obama Care, the Ryan budget, Wall Street, Main Street, Syria, Greece? Can anyone, individually, do anything about it? Yes, I think we can.

A song title says, “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.” Maybe I’ve been looking for good government in all the wrong places.  Like out there with those other people and not within myself.

It’s not so much who is controlling my country as it is what values are controlling my thinking when I view the political landscape.  Polls report that most of us  are turned off by  negative political ads.  But am I berating Congress in my own mind or passing on the cynical jokes about  politicians that frequent my computer? Am I becoming part of the negative advertising?

It’s been said we see what we believe as assuredly as we believe what we see.  And what we see is what we get.  But wait.  What is another way of looking at things?  How about let there be good government and let it begin with me.  But how?

First:  shut the door of my thinking on negative ads and derogatory jokes and criticism. However clever and enticing – just say no.

Second:  seek to hear and think what I want to govern my thinking and my country.  St. Paul wrote to the disciples in Philippi to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report. (Phil 4:8).  We can add even more to the list like wisdom, patience, peace and love.  The Bible says, “against such there is no law”. (Gal 5:23)  Good thoughts are powerful.

So, I think I’ll begin seeking good government first in my own thought by letting the qualities I want to see in government guide how I think about my day to day relations with my family, my neighbors, my community, the political scene, the country.  Then, like a pebble dropped in a lake, it will ripple out until I see more clearly:   “… one nation  under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”  Now that’s good government.

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Susan Macfarlane likes learning about and sharing information regarding Christian Science, spirituality, health and religion.  She is a Christian Science practitioner in Baltimore, MD. She and her husband are opera fans. They share a house with their son and three granddaughters.