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There are many opportunities for
you to make a real difference in our
government, which in turn affects our lives
Prayerfully choose and participate in
political action that is appropriate for your
• Trust the
Lord for guidance and the outcome.
“Trust in the Lord with all your
heart and do not lean on your own
understanding. In all your ways acknowledge
Him, and He will make your paths
straight.” (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
running for a public office, or have your
friends write in your name for your party's
precinct committee person.
acquainted with, and participate in,
appropriate alternatives available to
citizens such as the initiative, petition,
referendum, and recall procedures.Become Informed
Get information from reliable news sources
with a Christian or conservative perspective.
issues facing our nation today, gathering
facts and analyzing solutions in light of
political candidates. Collect
information about their opinions, and
especially their voting
records, from news reports, public
records, or interviews.
political, social, and moral issues in the
news with your children and teach them to
evaluate everything according to God's Word.
a list of city, county, state, and
national officials with their e-mail, phone,
fax, and mail information to make it easier
for you to contact them. Find your
Impact can be increased when many voices
are heard. The following organizations
are just a few of the many fine, hard-
working organizations that can alert you to
time-sensitive situations, save you much time
and effort in research, and multiply effects
by coordinating our efforts.
However, you need to check facts and come
to your own conclusions even if they
occasionally differ from the
group—that’s the exercise of
individual freedom that we defend.
sure to sign up for newsletters and alerts.
on the Family's Citizen
Link and Daily e-mail
and the American
Family News Network. News and political
• Family Research
Council. Political action.
• National Right to
Life. Info, political action.
Home-School Organizations. Political
• Home School Legal
Defense Association. Political action.
Answers.net. FAQ re: social issues and
For more information on political
action, including "Guidelines for Any
Lobbying Effort," see Newsletter
#68 in our Newsletter Archives.
The only real way
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for time and eternity!
The main benefit of political action is
not the comfort of our freedom to do as we
choose during our brief life on earth, but
the ability to spread the Gospel for the
eternal salvation of others and “that
we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all
godliness and gravity.”
(1 Timothy 2:2)
The proper perspective is that of
We are blessed with the freedom to worship
God, to spread the Gospel, and to teach our
children at home in godly ways.
True and lasting change will only be
brought about when the people that make up
the electorate, and those that govern, both
love and obey the Lord God.
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In This Issue
1. Biblical Basis for Human
Why we should obey and participate in it.
2. Our National Heritage
Understanding our privileges and
3. Our Family’s
The foundation of families living Godly
4. The Preeminence of Prayer
God’s prescribed method of political
• Political Action
• Spreading the Gospel
The only real way to influence our nation!
• Basic Christian Education: Bible-Based Curriculum
• Logos Language Institute: Foreign Languages
• Birch Court Books: Summer Character Building Books
• Jackson Hole Bible College: 1-Year Bible College
“This world is not my home,
I'm just a-passing through.”
As Christians, we have dual
citizenship – earthly and
“For our citizenship is in
Although our permanent citizenship is
above, we need to be good citizens here and
now. We should be thankful for the
benefits of freedom we enjoy.
We grieve to see godly values attacked in
our nation today, but
we need not despair when we remember that God
is still in control.
“The Most High is ruler
over the realm of
And bestows it on whom He wishes.”
We hope that this issue will furnish
thoughts and Scriptures that will help you
teach your children what kind of citizens
Christians should be, and why.
May the Lord bless your family for His
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1. The Biblical Basis
Why we should obey, and participate in,
1. God is the ultimate authority over
all His creation.
“The Lord has established His throne
in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over
all.” (Psalm 22:28)
2. God establishes governments.
“Every person is to be in
to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God,
and those which exist are established by
3. Human government is to punish evil
and reward good.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord's
to every human institution,
whether to a king as the one in authority,
or to governors as sent by him for the
of evildoers and the praise of those who do
(I Peter 2:13)
4. God can use even evil rulers to
accomplish His purposes.
“The Most High is ruler over the
realm of mankind,
And bestows it on whom He wishes
And sets over it the lowliest of
5. God influences the thoughts of
“The king's heart is like channels
in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”
6. God can remove and replace rulers at
“He removes kings and establishes
7. The ideal government supports
righteousness, justice, and peace.
“First of all, then, I urge that
entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet
in all godliness and dignity.
“This is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the
(I Timothy 2:1-4)
Our Duty To Obey
God's Word makes it clear that we are to
obey our government's authorities.
“Render to Caesar the things that are
and to God the things that are
(see Matthew 22:17- 21)
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s
to every human institution,
whether to a king as the one in authority,
or to governors as sent by him
for the punishment of evildoers
and the praise of those who do
(I Peter 2:13-14)
(See also Romans 13:1-7 and Titus 3:1)
When obeying the government would actually
cause you to disobey God, chose to obey God
“But Peter and the apostles answered,
‘We must obey God rather than
Our Duty To Vote
Voting is the process designed by our
Constitution whereby our government is
directed by us, “the
Ultimately, all parts
of our government are affected by our
voting – not just Presidential
It is a privilege and a
responsibility of every citizen to
participate in our government on all levels
and to take part in the direction our nation
Yet a significant percent of Americans do
not register or vote! This should not
be true of Christians.
Christians can impact our society and
nation if we all make a concerted effort to
cast informed votes guided by biblical
truths. We should also seek to
influence others to do the same.
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2. Our National Heritage
Understanding our privileges
Understanding our national heritage will
help your family appreciate the privileges
and responsibilities of citizens.
Our Heritage of Freedom
The freedom that we now enjoy has its
roots in history.
This includes the Jewish system of law and
justice based on the Law of Moses given by
God, the Greeks’ ideas of order and
justice, and the Romans’ concepts of
duty, authority, and rule by law.
The Bible is referred to by our founding
fathers as “the great political
textbook” giving us our ideas of
morality, justice, spiritual liberty, and the
sanctity of law.
a chart of the influence of Biblical
thought on America's legal system with Bible
This agreement between King John of England
and his subjects (1215) included three
freedoms that are very similar to Amendments
IV, V, and VI of our Constitution.
Wycliffe’s translation of the Bible
into English, Martin Luther’s 95
Theses, and Gutenberg’s invention of
the printing press enabled individuals to
break the chains of illiteracy, spiritual
ignorance, and civil tyranny.
The Edict of Nantes granted the French
Protestant Huguenots religious liberty in
1598. Although not fully enforced, it
paved the way for our First Amendment.
Our Christian Heritage
Many Americans do not realize the extent
of Christian influence on our nation’s
founding, especially since it has been
“written out” of public education
textbooks. Others either deny our
Christian foundations or seek to remove their
memory or our connection to them.
However, this nation has a rich Christian
heritage, and Christian home-school families
should be especially diligent to thoroughly
acquaint their children with it. It is
very advantageous to use Christian curriculum
in this area.
Life and Character of the Civil Institutions
of the United States is packed with page
after page of original source material making
the case that America was founded as a
You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer.
Character Studies from the Lives of the
Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Online articles, such as “The
Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and
the Christian testimonies of Washington
• Christian Heritage
Week. Promoting our nation's Christian
foundation with many links to other sites.
Nation Adrift DVD. From Christopher
Columbus to the present, showing God’s
sovereign hand behind the history of our
Summer Character Building
Good books can make an impact for life on your children!
3. Our Family's Contribution
The foundation of individual families
living Godly lives.
The family is recognized as the basic
building block of our nation. As your family
lives Godly lives, you will be making a
strong and solid contribution to our country.
Your children's salvation is your first
priority. Then follows spiritual growth
through loving dedication and obedience to
God, knowing and speaking to God in prayer,
Christian fellowship, and ministry to others.
Teaching and training your children at
home provides the optimum opportunity for
your children's spiritual training and
character development, as well as their
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Saturate your family in God's Word.
Teach your children that God's Word is the
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4. The Preeminence of Prayer
God’s prescribed method
of political action.
The primary method of effecting political
change is through prayer.
“I exhort therefore, first of all, that
be made for all
for kings and all
that are in high places;
that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life
in all godliness and
“This is good and acceptable in the
sight of God
who would have all men to be saved,
and come to the
knowledge of the truth.”
(1 Timothy 2:1-4)
It is ultimately God who can “remove
kings and establish kings”
(Daniel 2:21) and influence their
“The king's heart is like channels of
in the hand of the
He turns it wherever He wishes.”
All of our political action is in vain if
we do not recognize God’s workings in
the affairs of men and call upon Him to help
us and our nation.
Pray for Our Leaders
for officials by name; for their salvation,
wisdom, and integrity.
Find your federal, state, and local elected
Pray for Revival Among Christians
“If My people, who are called by My
themselves, and pray,
and seek My face,
and turn from their
then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin,
and will heal their
(2 Chronicles 7:14)