John Wesley Voting Signs
Who is John Wesley?
John Wesley (1703-1791) was the founder of Methodism. He was an English evangelical clergyman, preacher, and writer. One of England's greatest spiritual leaders, he played a major role in the revival of religion in 18th-century English life.
What is Methodism?
Methodism is an 18th-century movement founded by John Wesley that sought to reform the Church of England from within. The movement, however, became separate from its parent body and developed into an autonomous church. The World Methodist Council (WMC), an association of churches in the Methodist tradition, comprises more than 40.5 million Methodists in 138 countries.
John Wesley was born in 1703, educated in London and Oxford, and ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1725. In 1726 he was elected a fellow of Lincoln College at Oxford, and in the following year he left Oxford temporarily to act as curate to his father, the rector of Epworth. Wesley was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1728 and returned to Oxford in 1729. Back in Oxford, he joined his brother Charles and a group of earnest students who were dedicated to frequent attendance at Holy Communion, serious study of the Bible, and regular visitations to the filthy Oxford prisons. The members of this group, which Wesley came to lead, were known as Methodists because of their ?methodical? devotion and study.
Where did Wesley's rules for voting come from?
John Wesley was a prolific writer and kept a meticulous journal. On October 6, 1774, Wesley wrote that he gave some advice to his fellow Methodists on how to conduct themselves in the coming parliamentary elections. The full quote from his Journal is as follows:
"I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them,
To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy;
To speak no evil of the person they voted against; And,
To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side."
We saw that another United Methodist Church in CO had created yard signs to help spread John Wesley's rules on voting and wanted to share that with our community. We had these signs created for our congregation to encourage others to think about how they vote, rather than who they would vote for.
We encourage you to pray for our country during this election season and remember 2 Chronicles 20:6, "Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you."