Election Meetings in Christian Science Churches

As in all other activities of the Christian Science church, in the electing of church officers there must be spiritual progress on the part of the church members or no real advancement has been made. To this end, they must prayerfully seek God's wisdom and guidance in preparing for and conducting an election. To the extent that ordinary human or political methods are used to enlist votes, spiritual growth is stifled and the real purpose of the Christian Science organization is obstructed.

In the first chapter of Acts is recorded the method used by the disciples in electing one of Jesus' followers to fill the place among the disciples left vacant by Judas' desertion. After selecting two candidates from those qualified, "they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen." They prayed to know which one God had chosen. Is it not probable that the two candidates prayed as earnestly to know God's choice as did the other disciples?

Overtones and Undertones
January 10, 1931

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