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Convention Action or Inaction

Once again it is August, the convention month for our Protestant Reformed young people.  Our thoughts turn to the gay, happy times we shall have with our old and new friends, to the pleasant hours we shall spend, singing the beloved psalms and hymns, listening to good Christian entertainment and enjoying the company of fellow Christians.  It is well that we think on these things, for God’s children are not supposed to go around with long faces and it is to events like this that we should look forward with joyful anticipation.

And yet, even a get-together like our convention has its serious moments, its moments for deep thought and careful consideration.  And it is to one such occasion that I would like to turn the attention especially of you who are the delegates.

When the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Federation holds a convention, it does so not only for the purpose of bringing our young people together for a few days, but also in order to enact new decisions.  These decisions are to be used to further the cause and purpose of the Federation and are for the good of our young people as a whole.  Many of them are to be applied during the coming fall and winter season, when our societies once again meet and when there is no opportunity to refer any of these important questions to such a large representation of our churches.  Matters of this nature are not to be passed over lightly, as if they must be hurriedly agreed upon, in order to get on with the less boring affairs such as the festivities.

At our past conventions, this has often been the case.  A motion is made and seconded and then it is passed with little or no discussion, except by one or two delegates—usually the same one or two.  Sometimes the delegates will vote on the measure without even realizing what they are voting for and certainly without giving it any consideration.

At the coming convention, various questions will arise, questions that are vital as far as the Federation is concerned.  There are problems such as these: Should we revise the constitution of the Federation and if so, how?  Should the price of Beacon Lights be raised, in view of the rising costs of printing the magazine?  Should we have more mass meetings during the coming year?

The answers to these questions will affect every one of us.  Have we not the right then, to demand that our delegates give a little more thought to them?