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Christ can bridge the gap

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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You don't have to look far to find polarization these days. From governments struggling to free citizens from extremist kidnappers, to ethnic groups filled with hate for each other. Unions opposing management. Even division between state and local governments over how to repair decaying infrastructure, such as was brought to light by the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis, Minn. several weeks ago.

There's another bridge that can lead humanity to those desperately needed answers – answers that will bridge these gaps and others. It's Christ, God's message of love for all humanity.

No bridge will unite hatred with love. Hours spent justifying why it's OK to hate someone of another race, religion, political party, or nation have a deadening effect. They bind us to a material view that sees everyone as good or evil, "them" or "us." But bridges can be built to even the hardest heart through the Christ, the spiritual understanding of our inseparability from divine Love. This is the bridge Jesus built. The Christ, which he fully expressed, is the life-link that connected Jesus with "our Father," a link that's invisible, yet there, for each of us.

Our conviction of God as Love and as an all-powerful influence in the world can do much to wipe out the mental thuggishness that divides and hates. Jesus knew well the hideous forces of hatred, but he also knew that he could trust God, the source of his life and strength. As Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "No advancing modes of human mind made Jesus; rather was it their subjugation, and the pure heart that sees God" ("Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896," pp. 360-361).

By subjugating the false ways of seeing humanity – as hateful, irredeemable, divisive – we bring about a separation that is essential and divinely authorized. We are lifted out of the thinking that would keep us ever at odds with one another. At the same time, divine Love shows us that we are inseparably at one through Christ, God's message of salvation for all people. This knowledge of Love arms us for the spiritual and mental tasks that will bring unity and peace.

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