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Taking a stand for fidelity

A Christian Science perspective: Some insights on the spiritual foundation of fidelity in light of the scandal in Washington, D.C., involving David Patraeus.

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The recent infidelity scandal involving top US government and military personnel continues to grab headlines. When the news first broke, I was feeling bad for everyone involved – betrayed spouses, embarrassed family members, colleagues who had respected and looked up to these individuals, people with careers of so much goodness that were now in ruins, and our whole country; it seems that so often when we hold someone up as a good role model, we find their feet are made of clay.

Then, a couple of days ago, as I was doing my early morning praying, I mentally heard a spiritual command: “You must take a strong stand for fidelity.” I recognized this as a message from God to pray for this situation – to do more than just feel bad over lost trust and lives in shambles. On one level, I knew this was a command to take a stand for the importance of marital fidelity. Nineteenth-century reformer Mary Baker Eddy declared: “Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 57).

I also realized that at a deeper level, this message from God involved a more fundamental demand for fidelity – a demand to be faithful to God and to what God sees and knows about each of us as His pure and innocent spiritual ideas. It was a demand to take a stand for God’s fidelity in unfailingly caring for and upholding His entire creation, because the greatest despair in all of this would be to believe that God has left us on our own as fatally flawed mortals who cannot help failing and falling.

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