Today, November 6, 2012, we have the opportunity to exercise the right to vote. As a constitutional republic, we as citizens of the United States of America have the privilege of choosing our elected officials and deciding important issues. On what do you base your vote?
Our Founding Fathers were thoughtful, faith-filled men who leaned heavily on the Bible and prayer to pave the way for the freedoms we enjoy. These men relied on the Lord to strengthen and guide them in designing this new government. In reading the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights, it is evident God’s fingerprints are all over the beginnings of our nation.
When my family and I were in Washington D.C. this past year, we visited many of the national monuments and historical sites. Divine Providence, God, is the undercurrent of many of these treasures. These words are inscribed in stone on the Jefferson Memorial, “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we remove a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”
At Mount Vernon, we purchased a print of Arnold Friberg’s Washington at Valley Forge. It hangs in our family room as a reminder of the patriotic, God-fearing man who led our country through seemingly insurmountable odds to gain freedom. George Washington’s September 17, 1796 Farewell Address states, “Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.”
Elections provide opportunities to talk about values with children and how faith in God affects your vote. Discuss political platforms and whose ideas for the future of the nation make that candidate your choice. Watch the returns as a family, weighing in on commentary from different sides of issues and political parties.
After all is said and done remember Romans 13:1b, The authorities that exist have been established by God. We learn from our choices, both the good decisions and the poor ones.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.
How will religion and morality factor into your vote today?
By Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Wife to Scott, Mom of 2
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting