In just a few weeks we will be voting for a president in the general election. We are bombarded with election coverage in the news media and on social networks. The debates, the paid advertisements, the commentaries, the radio talk show drama, it all adds up to American politics. What did John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement have to say about elections?
Quoting from his journal on October 6, 1774: “I met those of our society who were voting in the ensuing election and advised them: 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy; 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against; And, 3. To take care that their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
What great advice! Let it be so for the sons and daughters of John Wesley today.