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Current Issues

Is This a Christian Nation?

President Obama has claimed that the United States is not a "Christian nation."

Here are two rebuttals via online videos (also see "2. Our National Heritage" in the right hand column):

 •  Stoplight commentary by Stuart Shepard, Focus on the Family.

 •  Congressman Randy Forbes on the floor of the US House.

Ken Ham's "State
of the Nation, 2009"

See this online video of Ken Ham's webcast from the Creation Museum.

Ken Ham, president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, says, "It is important to realize that America is on a spiritual downward spiral.  What has happened?"

The U.N. Convention
on the Rights of the Child

Michael P. Farris, Chairman of Home School Legal Defense Association, has written "Nannies in Blue Berets: Understanding the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child."

The article begins: "Ever since the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and opened to nations across the world for ratification in 1989, HSLDA has been deeply concerned about the implications of this treaty for U.S. homeschoolers, if the U.S. were to ratify the treaty.

"We have consistently warned that this treaty could be the vehicle opponents of home education could use to effectively ban or severely regulate homeschooling."

Read entire article online.

Political Action

There are many opportunities for you to make a real difference in our government, which in turn affects our lives and freedoms.

Prayerfully choose and participate in political action that is appropriate for your family.

 •  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)

 •  Consider running for a public office, or have your friends write in your name for your party's precinct committee person.

 •  Become 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.

 •  Research issues facing our nation today, gathering facts and analyzing solutions in light of Scripture.

 •  Research political candidates.  Collect information about their opinions, and especially their voting records, from news reports, public records, or interviews.

 •  Discuss political, social, and moral issues in the news with your children and teach them to evaluate everything according to God's Word.

 •  Keep 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 representatives online.

Coordinate Efforts

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.

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 •  Focus on the Family's Citizen Link and Daily e-mail updates.

 •  OneNewsNow and the American Family News Network. News and political action.  Daily NewsBrief e-mail.

 •  Family Research Council. Political action.

 •  National Right to Life. Info, political action.

 •  State Home-School Organizations. Political action.

 •  Home School Legal Defense Association. Political action.

 •  Christian FAQ re: social issues and government.

For more information on political action, including "Guidelines for Any Lobbying Effort," see Newsletter #68 in our Newsletter Archives.

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."  (John 3:16)

"The Lord ... is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." (II Peter 3:9)

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In This Issue

Christian Citizenship

 1.  Biblical Basis for Human Government:
      Why we should obey and participate in it.

2.  Our National Heritage:
     Understanding our privileges and responsibilities.
     Political Action  –  Sidebar

3.  Our Family’s Contribution:
     The foundation of families living Godly lives.

4.  The Preeminence of Prayer:
     God’s prescribed method of political action.

5.  Spreading the Gospel:
     The only real way to influence our nation!

Recommended Resources

•  Oxford Tutorial Service: College Prep
•  Birch Court Books: "Key to Math" Series
•  Common Sense Press: Great Science Adventures
•  Doorposts: The "Put On" Chart


“This world is not my home,
     I'm just a-passing through.”

As Christians, we have dual citizenship – earthly and heavenly.

“For our citizenship is in heaven.”
     (Philippians 3:20)

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 mankind,
And bestows it on whom He wishes.”
     (Daniel 4:17)

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 glory.


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     Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

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1. The Biblical Basis
     for Human Government:

Why we should obey, and participate in,
our government.

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 subjection
     to the governing authorities.
     For there is no authority except from God,
     and those which exist are established by God.”
     (Romans 13:1)

3.  Human government is to punish evil and reward good.

“Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake
     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 right.”
     (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 men.”
     (Daniel 4:17)

5.  God influences the thoughts of kings.

“The king's heart is like channels of water
     in the hand of the Lord;
     He turns it wherever He wishes.”
     (Proverbs 21:1)

6.  God can remove and replace rulers at any time.

“He removes kings and establishes kings.”
     (Daniel 2:21)

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 life
     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 truth.”
     (I Timothy 2:1-4)

Our Duty To Obey

God's Word makes it clear that we are to obey our government's authorities.

 •  Pay taxes.
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s;
and to God the things that are God’s.”
(see Matthew 22:17- 21)

 •  Obey the law.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake
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 right.”
(I Peter 2:13-14)
(See also Romans 13:1-7 and Titus 3:1)

 •  Exception
When obeying the government would actually cause you to disobey God, chose to obey God instead.
“But Peter and the apostles answered,
‘We must obey God rather than men.’
(Acts 5:29)

Our Duty To Vote

Voting is the process designed by our Constitution whereby our government is directed by us, “the people.”

Ultimately, all parts of our government are affected by our voting – not just Presidential elections.

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 is going.

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
and responsibilities.

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.

 •  Ancient Civilizations
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.

 •  God’s Word
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.

See a chart of the influence of Biblical thought on America's legal system with Bible references.

 •  The Magna Carta
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.

 •  The Reformation
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.

 •  Religious Freedom
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.


 •  Christian 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 Christian nation.

 •  For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer. Character Studies from the Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

 •  WallBuilders.  Online articles, such as “The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible.”

 •  Read the Christian testimonies of Washington and Lincoln.

 •  Christian Heritage Week. Promoting our nation's Christian foundation with many links to other sites.

 •  A Nation Adrift DVD. From Christopher Columbus to the present, showing God’s sovereign hand behind the history of our nation.

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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 social and academic welfare.

Saturate your family in God's Word.

Teach your children that God's Word is the final authority for our faith and practice, and teach them how to look up what God says about any given thing, using Bible study tools such as a concordance.

“And do not be conformed to this world,
     but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what the will of God is,
     that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
(Romans 12:2)

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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 supplications,
     prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings,
     be made for all men;
     for kings and all that are in high places;
that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life
     in all godliness and gravity.

“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God
     our Savior;
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 actions:

“The king's heart is like channels of water
     in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”
     (Proverbs 21:1)

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

 •  Pray for officials by name; for their salvation, wisdom, and integrity. Find your federal, state, and local elected officials online.

Pray for Revival Among Christians
“If My people, who are called by My name,
     shall humble themselves, and pray,
     and seek My face,
     and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
     and will heal their land.”
     (2 Chronicles 7:14)

5. Spreading the Gospel:

The only real way to influence our nation
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 eternity.

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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