The gift of continuity

The new members of the Universal House of Justice have been elected and announced. Many have posted on this dignified process and momentous event and some have expressed eloquently the things I tried to convey in my own comment at the Arlington Baha’is website, by visually illustrating the difference between the Baha’i electoral process and other such processes.

Members of the Universal House of Justice, 2008

What makes me reflect today is the gift of continuity this election represents. Recently, I had the honor of talking at a fireside on the Covenant of Baha’u’llah, and one of the guests there was an elderly lady who had become a Baha’i in the 1940s. It was fascinating to listen to her talk about the uncertainty during the days after the passing of Shoghi Effendi. Nobody at the time knew what will happen next. Nobody even had an idea that the Universal House of Justice would be first elected in six more years — most people assumed that this would be something happening in the distant future. Similar thoughts were shared by a veteran Persian believer during a public discussion at the One World Baha’i School — we have no idea what the burden of uncertainty must have been for those who endured in that time of transition, and what the relief it must be to see today a global faith, peacefully organized and illustrating on a daily basis, in words and deeds, that the the source to the healing of humanity are the Teachings of of Baha’u’llah.

We just cannot underestimate the gift of continuity the Covenant of Baha’u’llah has bestowed upon us. In no other time in the history of humanity and organized religion has the unity of the faithful been guaranteed by providing a democratically elected, infallible (because of guidance from Baha’u’llah) body to guide us, and humanity, towards the apex of prosperity. Thank you, Baha’u’llah!


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