BY CHELSEA BURNETTThe Wilson PostImmanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon is hosting a unique evening service on Sunday, June 27 and has invited Wilson County Mayoral candidates Don Fox, Randall Hutto and Phillip Warren to attend and speak to members during the service which starts at 6 p.m. The candidates will each have time to speak to the congregation about their views and what they hope to accomplish for Wilson County, followed by prayer for the candidates and their families along with an informal meet-and-greet afterwards. Pastor John Hunn said that there is a “biblical mandate to pray for your leaders,” adding, “my concern in this day and age is that people are making decisions on what they’re for or against based on a lack of knowledge.” Hunn was very adamant about feeling a spiritual duty to hold this unique style of service. “My mission is to help our church and our community be better Christians by being better citizens and be more attentive, aware and educated,” he said. Hunn expressed his concern over how the public votes for its leaders, adding that citizens need to be more conscious of candidates’ policies and morals instead of voting based on the color of sign he/she uses. The pastor added that he hopes his church will produce “more effective citizens because we’ve heard from them.” He noted that the evening will be entirely informal. “There will be no debate. It will be a very sterile and positive setting,” he said. In an attempt to remain as unbiased as possible, the three candidates will draw numbers which will determine the order of which they will speakHunn explained that the idea of having the Mayoral candidates come and speak came from Neil Postman’s book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, which discusses how politics has become less about candidates’ policies and more about how favorably they come across through the media. “It’s scriptural, not just political,” Hunn noted. “I need to help our people be better Christians, and that means helping them be better citizens.”With early voting set to begin on July 16, Hunn said he hoped the event, which is open to the public, will force attendees to reevaluate their voting procedures. He added that the overall goal of the evening is to help his church members and community develop better Christian citizenship. For more information, call the church at 444-5563, or visit the website at www.ImmanuelBaptist.com. Staff Writer Chelsea Burnett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.