Before participating in the local election this year, let us endeavor to form a clearer conception of the real significance of this Baha’i institution.
If we look for its importance to numbers alone, or to any other worldly standard, these little gatherings might well appear to be without special meaning or importance. But if we consider how for lack of unity the most important affairs of mankind have always been made a prey to jealousy, to partisanship and to self-seeking, then indeed can we realize that as a model for the organization and execution of the world’s myriad activities, the Baha’i method offers the sole solution of the many overwhelming problems by which older civilizations were destroyed, and the present one is seriously threatened.
If each believer will take part in his local election with the consciousness that he is contributing vitally to the spiritualization of all the affairs of daily life, and by his scrupulous adherence to the methods and principles given us by Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha is truly hastening the day of the Most Great Peace, then indeed we may be sure that the Cause is beginning to fulfill its divine mission.
- Horace Holley (Message from The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States and Canada to Local Spiritual Assemblies, Baha’i News, no. 4, April 1925)