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Centering on the settlement age of True Parents, you must establish the family completion age without shame before God. So, we needed the Family Pledge. We need it. We will need it. Which one is it? We need it! That’s the way it is. It will be the motto for thousands or tens of thousands of years. It’s amazing! You must be grateful for the fact that you can recite the pledge due to your liberation by the removal of the mask of false religions. I have gone through such bitter sorrow and shed countless tears through the years to bring you to this point. I have offered my own blood to lead the Unification Church until now. If you cannot go beyond the sacrificial altar, you can never go to the heavenly kingdom. You must make this altar. (261-98, 1994.5.22)
The Family Pledge
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What this indicates is that the family is the textbook from which you can learn the love of the universe. Without the grandmother, the family is unstable. The same is true of a family without a grandfather or either of the parents. Only when the family has all of its members present can it move directly to God’s Kingdom. The grandparents, parents, and children can all enter heaven as they are.
The people who love the true grandparents, true parents, true children, true family, true nation and true universe can enter heaven. The model textbook is the family. If you learn to constantly reflect on God with such thoughts in your mind, your future would be assured. When you love God in your heart and you can say, “I love for the sake of the future,” then your future would be eternally blessed. (162-140, 1987.4.5)
Leadership and Government
3. The Righteous Leader Keeps Away from Corruption
There is no vice more detestable than avarice, more especially in great men and such as bear sway in the government of a state.
He who receives office in order to profit from it is like an adulterer, who gets his pleasure from a woman’s body. God says, “I am called holy, you are called holy; if you have not all the qualities which I have, you should not accept leadership.”
Pesikta Rabbati 111a (Judaism)
Do not ask for the position of authority, for if you are granted this position as a result of your asking for it, you will be left to discharge it yourself; but if you are given it without asking you will be helped [by God].
Hadith of Muslim (Islam)
By God, any official who takes anything from the public funds without justification will meet his Lord carrying it on himself on the Day of Judgment.
Hadith of Muslim (Islam)
Bribery is the door through which come all manner of sins. Those who live by bribery cut off their mother’s breasts.
Somadeva, Nitivakyamrita 17.184 (Jainism)
The great Way is easy, yet people prefer bypaths:
The court is corrupt,
The fields are overgrown with weeds,
The granaries are empty;
Yet there are those dressed in fineries,
With swords at their sides,
Filled with food and drink,
And possessed of too much wealth.
This is known as taking the lead in robbery.
Far indeed is this from the Way.
Tao Te Ching 53 (Taoism)
Teachings of True Father Sun Myung Moon
Whether religious leaders or politicians, their greatest weakness is selfishness. (299:105, February 6, 1999)
Among two people, the one who willingly works for the sake of others—for something greater transcending himself—stands on the side of good, while the other who does whatever is expedient for his own self-interest is evil. Government officials should live for the sake of the nation. If instead they use their office only to benefit their own families, they are evil. (170:175-76, November 15, 1987)
Do not rob from your organization’s funds for your personal use. It is destroying the public environment and every bit as unlawful as robbing the state. Anyone who does such things, no matter how they try to live a good life, will not succeed. (347:85, July 3, 2001)
If you value your personal property more than public property, you are violating heavenly law. If you value your private life more than your public responsibility, you are violating God’s will. (51:291, November 28, 1971)
When you [leaders] arrive in the spirit world, what will be reckoned as the most serious sins you committed on earth? The first is misusing public funds; the second, not doing your very best for your public mission; the third, violating the Principle. These are the three major sins. (97:155-56, March 12, 1978)
Footnote: ‘Violating the Principle’ is a euphemism for adultery or any sexual transgression.
You ministers, be careful. Using the church for your selfish purpose is the same as using God. Therefore, when guests visit your church or when you are out evangelizing, you should never occupy your mind with the question, “Would this person donate a lot of money?” (33:164, August 11, 1970)