“I met those of our society who had votes 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 their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
—John Wesley, eighteenth-century theologian and father of the Methodist movement, in a journal entry dated October 3, 1774. Wesley’s views on sanctification and holiness would inspire the 19th century American holiness movement, which in turn inspired the Brethren in Christ.
HT = Peter Kerry Powers
5 responses to “Quote of the Day”
I love this quote from Wesley. Thanks for sharing it.
This is a great quote. Where is it found in Wesley’s writings (sermons)?
Great question, Willie. I should have included this info in the original post! The quote comes from Wesley’s journal; he wrote it on October 3, 1774. (Click the link to read it in Google Books.)
Thank you for the quick response. The quote reaffirms some reflection I have had on “render unto Caesar”. I want to render my vote (which is Caesar’s) but I do not want to render my heart, attitude and tongue (which is unto God).
Wise words, Willie. I have had similar struggles, and I appreciate your willingness to share.