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"Do you accept the election?"

[Original in German]

From the October 1986 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This question is asked whenever officers, executive board members, or Readers are elected in my branch Church of Christ, Scientist. Has this question ever been put to you, too? Were you so surprised that you squirmed and hesitated with the answer? Or maybe right after the first or second ballot, when you heard that several votes had been cast for your name, you preferred to say right away, "Please don't elect me!" In the Bible, the book of Judges tells how an angel was sent to Gideon to inform him that God had chosen him to free the people of Israel from their enemies.