Vote for Synod President: How to do it, and how I’ll vote (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It’s nearly time to elect the President of our Synod. June 11-14 is the window for eligible voters to cast their electronic ballot. Eligible voters are those from your congregation who attended your district’s 2015 convention as delegates. If you have any questions about who is eligible to vote from your congregation, contact LCMS Secretary Hartwig’s office as soon as possible. Here is a link with more information:

It’s Nearly Time to … Elect the President of our Synod

By now LCMS Presidential Election Voters should have received an envelope, from Election-America, with specific instructions for how to cast the electronic ballot, including the Election Code and the Voting PIN to enter.

LCMS Presidential Election envelope

Harrison (2)OK, so that’s how to vote. Now, who to vote for?

For me, the choice is easy. I will be voting once again for our current Synod President, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison. While I may have thought President Harrison could have handled this or that situation a little differently, overall I think he has done a good job and is leading our Synod in the right direction. In my opinion, Harrison is clearly a better choice than the two other candidates on the ballot. That’s how I’ll be voting, and I hope others will do the same.

So encourage the presidential election voters you know to vote! Make sure that they know the voting window is June 11-14 and that they have received the envelope with the voting instructions. Don’t take President Harrison’s re-election for granted. While it’s likely Harrison will win, the higher a percentage of the vote he receives, the better that strong showing will bode for elections and resolutions at the upcoming convention itself.


Vote for Synod President: How to do it, and how I’ll vote (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 10 Comments

  1. I’m voting for whomever reads both the Bible and the Book of Concord on a regular basis. That will make the choice easy and Lutheran.

  2. Marc,
    With regard to the wearing of the collar, Matthew Harrison is the only one (at least as far as I know) who is actually the pastor of a congregation (Village Lutheran). As someone pointed out on another posting, since Meier and Meyer are not pastors currently, they should not be wearing a collar. I am actually glad that Meier and Meyer are not wearing collars as it shows that they are not currently pastors even though both have been ordained. (I don’t know if they intended to send that message or if it was just an accident.) In the LCMS there are far too many who are not pastors who wear a collar to give the impression that they are indeed pastors. The reason to vote for an individual should be their qualification and track record not their attire.

  3. In my post above regard one’s track record, I should have put in the disclaimer that one usually hears regarding mutual funds, stocks, investments, etc. “Past performance is not an indication of future results.”

  4. @GaiusKurios #6
    Dear GK,
    A clerical collar is worn by Reverends, not just pastors. There is a distinction, and even vicars do wear it (I myself kind of refrained until ordained).
    All the President candidates were pastors at one time, SP Harrison still is on the roster as an assistant / associate (not sure which truth be told).

  5. GK’s point reminds me of an anecdote I read in the late Washington Star from the time right after Ronaldus Magnus was inaugurated. Story goes how he was greeted by a clean cut man in a nice business suit who identified himself as General So&So. Reagan asked why the general was not in uniform. (Remember this was right after ‘Nam and the Carter years.) The general explained that because he was not commanding a unit, but was rather in a high-level White House desk job, that it wasn’t necessary that he don military garb to work every day. Two hours later, that general presented himself before his new CINC in full dress blues, with ribbons, etc.

    I contend if an active duty military officer at the highest level should wear his uniform to work, even one who is not with his troops in the field (as is a pastor in his parish), so should the chief cleric of our Synod.

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