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Oct 10, 2012

Good Citizenship: See You At The Polls

MaryAnn Gaver

Hi everyone!

     I'm reading The Connector, a newsletter from the Intercessors For America.  Their tag phrase reads:  Connecting Hearts Of Prayer For The Nation To God And Each Other!  As we are in the final 40 days before the election, they are urging the Christian community to pray, understand the issues, &  vote according to conscience as led by the Holy Spirit.  I couldn't agree with them more!

     In Franklin Graham's opening article, America At A Spiritual & Moral Crossroads, he states, "The moral fabric of our country is slowly but steadily unraveling, as Bible-based morality -- the very foundation of our nation --- is seen as irrelevant and intolerant."  Further, he states, "America is a nation that has largely forgotten God, has abandoned the faith of our founders and is pursuing a godless agenda.  I see the exercise of raw political power without any sense of humility and dependence on God."

      As we think about being good citizens, & teaching our kids how to become good citizens, I would like to keep Franklin Graham's statements in mind while echoing IFA's reminders:

     First, I encourage you to faithfully & fervently pray.  As homeschoolers, we have a unique opportunity while we are teaching at home because we have so many opportunities to say, "Let's pray right now.  Our country needs prayer.  Our leaders need wisdom & guidance from God.  Let's ask Him to help our nation."  

    Our children hear us pray.  And we can encourage them to pray, too.  There is (in my opinion) nothing in this world as precious & lovely as hearing our own children pray.   Franklin Graham reminds believers "...to seek God, humble ourselves, turn from wickedness and ask for His blessings." 

    Then, stay informed about the issues & what's happening.  Keep up with the latest news.  I realize that this is hard with all that we have going on as moms, teachers & managers of our homes.  I also realize, rightfully so, that young children need to be (& should be) protected from hearing or seeing the news due to the blatant wickedness of our society. But once your kids are older, I encourage you to make sure that they stay engaged as they learn about their civic duties as Christians and Americans.

     I still like to listen to Jay & Jordan Seculow of The American Center For Law And Justice on their daily radio program, Jay Seculow, Live!   During the twins' high school years, they listened to the program practically every day as they ate lunch.  A few times, one of us would get enough courage to call into the show to make a comment or ask a question. 

     One way to teach civic responsibility to middle & high-schoolers is through Generation Joshua.  It's a great way for teens to get involved in being politically active while learning good leadership skills as they join forces with other students to make a positive difference in their communities.  Also, GenJ provides opportunities for teenagers & their families to be involved with Student Action Teams, an exciting, effective, coordinated effort to make an impact by helping with a campaign.  I'll never forget when the twins were sophomores in high school,  our family traveled to St. Michaels, MD to help with a congressional campaign. 

     Finally, vote.  We can be the example to our kids by exercising our duty to get out and vote.  In exactly 40 days, Americans have a chance to speak.  Be sure to vote!

     As Franklin Graham reminded us, we need humility & dependence on God.  It's only through true repentance & humility that our nation can heal.  And it's only through personal confession & contriteness of heart that there will be real revival in our land.  So, let's join together  in praying, staying informed, & voting on Novermber 6th.  Then, we will be showing our kids how to be good citizens.

If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

     Keep teaching!  Stay faithful to your calling as a mother & a teacher!  May the Lord bless you & keep you!

 love,

  MaryAnn    

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