Ever had foot in mouth disease? That is, have you ever voiced a criticism about someone as they walked in the room? I have. It is painful and embarrassing. Any thought that unjustly criticizes, undervalues, misidentifies or limits others is divisive, flawed judgment. It alienates friends and disrupts families. It undermines progress in churches and communities. It steamrolls peace.
Negative criticism often starts small – a single thought of self-satisfaction or superiority. But, oh my, it can flare up fast! A mental form of suicide bombing, it demoralizes the one who judges as well as the judged, leaving no winners.
An understanding of the Christ, the divine message voicing the true idea of God as Good, and man’s goodness in the divine image and likeness, gives a way out of judgmental thinking and its miserable effects. Today’s prayer MOJO post focuses on recognizing the Christ message of good – our ability to hear it so clearly, that the Christly thought becomes our only thought.
The Christ only voices what is good. God’s message to us is good, good and more good. That’s how you recognize it. There is no condemnation, exclusion or separation from good in a Christly view. Christ Jesus spoke of this undeviating good judgment when he said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)
In the Bible, King Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden god to be worshipped in Babylon. Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, three Jewish men brought to Babylon during the occupation of Jerusalem, were charged and convicted of the crime of failure to bow to the god at the proper time. All their efforts at self-defense being ignored, they were thrown into a red-hot furnace to be burned to death. (See Daniel 3)
The Bible gives us a few important details about these men:
We don’t know for sure. But a hint may be found in what the king said after he looked into the furnace. He saw “four men walking – and the form of the fourth is like the son of God.” Who or what was the fourth?
Could it that Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego had such an awareness of God’s love and of man’s innate goodness, that they saw the king as he really was? Is it possible that the Christ message of God and man was so clear, so precise, and so good, that it freed them from judging the king negatively? What else could the king see in such a case, but his own true self reflected back at him in the faces of Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego?
We know for sure that the king was transformed. The men were released unharmed and the golden god regulations on worship were replaced with a new policy acknowledging the one true God. The individual prayers of three men completely renovated the national political scene.
The message of Christ, telling us of God’s all-powerful love and man’s true selfhood as the divine reflection is just as present today as it was in ancient Babylon. Do you accept that the Christ has power to change the world as we see it?
Every righteous judgment, every prayer to hear God’s voice opens us to the Christ-power that can extinguish the hotspots in families, churches, communities and nations, one fiery furnace at a time.
Want some prayer MOJO today? Judge righteous Christly judgment. Be certain that all anyone sees when they look in your face, in your behavior, in your attitude, in your words, is your recognition of the “form of the fourth” – their true likeness as the child of God.
Your individual prayer, too, can reshape public policy, impel church progress and redeem individual lives from the flames of injustice, simply through letting the Christ take the lead in your thought. Let the world feel and see your love today.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no