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County political leaders come together for worship

Nov. 02, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

In the long history of Putnam County, elected officials have also been church leaders. That tradition continues.

Last Sunday morning, in worship services at 9 and 10:45, political leaders, office holders and candidates came together at the Teays Valley Church of God. Republicans and Democrats gathered to worship God as they listened to a sermon by the pastor, Dr. Melissa Pratt.

As it has been for many years, and will continue for years to come, members of the congregation and political leaders laid aside their political differences to worship God. No speeches were made and political literature was not on display.

When I hear political advertising, I am reminded of what Rotary teaches. Our Rotarians meet each Tuesday at the First State Bank in Hurricane, under the leadership of president Tina McComas.

Every political ad should pass the Rotary's "Four-Way Test" of the things we think, say or do. The test begins, 1. Is it the TRUTH? and 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

More than 400 people worshipped together in those two "Red, White and Blue" services. Party differences were laid aside for the greater purpose of meeting to worship God.

Among those present were Bill Maloney, running for governor; Mike Hall, candidate for state treasurer; Brian Savilla, running to become secretary of state; Danny Wells, candidate for the House of Delegates; Steve Deweese, a candidate for Putnam County Sheriff; Kent Leonhardt, a candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and many others who were seeking other county and state offices. Those named are for the purpose of illustrating the wide range of those in attendance, from here in Putnam County and other parts of the state.

It might surprise you to know that many elected to office in West Virginia serve as pastors of churches, Sunday achool teachers, deacons, trustees and music leaders.

St. Paul wrote, "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in everyway" (I Timothy 2:1-2).

Make every possible effort to go to the polls on Election Day and vote for the right leaders, asking God for His mercy and grace upon our land.

Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist who can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.