Include Your Children in This Year’s Elections
The United States Presidential Election is less than two weeks away. Whether you hate or love politics, you no doubt have been more in tune to what is going on than in previous years. My middle schooler and second grader are exceptionally curious and have had a lot of questions about our current President, the election, and what our leaders are going to do about the challenges we currently face as a country. I have been challenged more than ever to seek God on how to present a biblical, and hopeful foundation. Our children are the next generation of voters in the making, and that is a responsibility we as parents should take seriously.
It can be easy to fall into a pessimistic worldview as parents, because we know how complicated life can be. But as we continue to put our faith in God as parents, our children will have direction and a source of hope and resilience in today’s world. Teaching our children that change begins with getting on our knees to repent and seek God’s will, is our first role as believers. Our relationship with Christ allows us a privileged pathway to transcend the pressure, anxiety, and chaos of this world. Only God knows the future. It’s our job as parents to trust Him and model that same trust for our children.
Maneuvering our children’s social, and economic concerns can feel daunting. Some of us may in fact feel we can’t handle it. But I believe we can. And I believe God has placed a mantle of responsibility and His enabling upon us to do so. Training our children encompasses a myriad of things, but the most important is laying the foundation of including God in all things. This is a major undertaking, but we are laying not only the foundation for our children but also the generations that follow.
Jesus is our hope! Because of sin we live in a fallen world full of pain, sadness, and death. But God sent Jesus as the Savior of the world. Sin and its effects on the world are complicated, but the solution is, and must always, remain clear. We are a blessed nation and we are privileged to call the United States our home. Do we have our problems as a nation? Yes. But God is, and always will be in control. How will we as a family respond? Begin by covering the basics. Explain our nation’s systems, democracy, our economy, and the things are affecting our community the most.
For some of you, your children may be too young for all of this, and that's o.k. Preparation for the future can't hurt. I encourage you to teach your children to filter our world’s issues through a biblical worldview. Make a list of principles that God says are important. Allow Him to guide you as a family to make your election choices for President, as well as for all other elections at every level of government. Let’s do our best to provide our children with the spiritual and political tools they will need to be educated Christian voters, and responsible citizens based on God’s Word.
To help you organize download my 2020 Family Voting Sheet and Family Discussion Guide! We can do this, and God is right here to help us!