In light of the current situation in America, (border wall funding issue), how do Baha'is see this?

Mar 2015
Bend area, Oregon
Personally, I do not have any profound comments of my own to offer here, and even if I did, who would really listen and what would it really matter. Though I will offer the words of the Guardian of the Cause of God from his November 28, 1931 letter entitled ‘The Goal of a New World Order’ which are as relevant today as when they were written some 87 years ago. “How pathetic indeed are the efforts of those leaders of human institutions who, in utter disregard of the spirit of the age (the spiritual Law of the Oneness of Humanity), are striving to adjust national processes, suited to the ancient days of self-contained nations, to an age which must either achieve the unity of the world, as adumbrated by Bahá'u'lláh, or perish. At so critical an hour in the history of civilization it behooves the leaders of all the nations of the world, great and small, whether in the East or in the West, whether victors or vanquished, to give heed to the clarion call of Bahá'u'lláh and, thoroughly imbued with a sense of world solidarity, the sine quà non of loyalty to His Cause, arise manfully to carry out in its entirety the one remedial scheme He, the Divine Physician, has prescribed for an ailing humanity. Let them discard, once for all, every preconceived idea, every national prejudice, and give heed to the sublime counsel of `Abdu'l-Bahá, the authorized Expounder of His teachings. You can best serve your country, was `Abdu'l-Bahá's rejoinder to a high official in the service of the federal government of the United States of America, who had questioned Him as to the best manner in which he could promote the interests of his government and people, if you strive, in your capacity as a citizen of the world, to assist in the eventual application of the principle of federalism underlying the government of your own country to the relationships now existing between the peoples and nations of the world. (The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, pp. 36 -37)

In Mahmud’s Diary, `Abdu'l-Bahá's words spoken in Pleasanton, California on October 14, 1912 were recorded. The Diary reads: “In the morning `Abdu'l-Bahá spoke about the election of the president of the republic. He said: ‘The president must be a man who does not insistently seek the presidency. He should be a person free from all thoughts of name and rank; rather, he should say, `I am unworthy and incapable of this position and cannot bear this great burden.' Such persons deserve the presidency. If the object is to promote the public good, then the president must be a well-wisher of all and not a self-seeking person. If the object, however, is to promote personal interests, then such a position will be injurious to humanity and not beneficial to the public.’ ”

Sep 2010

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