5 Things to Teach Your Kids About the Presidential Election

If there is ever a time every four years that we easily forget who is in control and forget we are commanded to conduct ourselves in a God honoring way, it is Presidential election season. You’ve seen it, the Facebook and Twitter updates from people saying things that left you scratching your head wondering if they forgot their a Christian first, an American second. As parents, it’s easy to get caught up in all this stuff and forget you have children watching you. Their watching the way you react to our current President and watching what you say. Even though it’s a crazy season, remember God expects you to train your child and help them understanding the Presidential debate in light of who He is and what He has said in His Word.

My first Chris Sprad, over at EpicParent.tv, wrote a great post on five things you need to teach your kids about the 2012 Presidential election. I want to share part his thoughts with you and encourage you to teach your kids what it’s important throughout this election.

VOTE UP OR SHUT UP. I was actually considering not voting this year.  To be honest, I’m just not all that pleased with either of our choices.  I personally would like to see Ross Perot throw his hat back in the Presidential race or maybe Will Ferrell. Anyway…how UN American is that?  Step into the pain, teach your kiddos to VOTE UP OR SHUT UP.

GOD CREATED GOVERNMENT. Your kiddos need to understand that God created government for a purpose and that God allows/places leaders in power. The Bible story of Saul being made king is a good example. Saul was a wicked king, he still did a lot of good, and he was still placed in power by God.  Romans 13:1 (NLT) says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

HONOR THE PRESIDENT. We should teach our kiddos that no matter who wins the election…the Bible tells us to honor our leaders.

CRAZY MATH FACT. The Center For Responsive Politics has estimated that the total cost of Presidential campaigns will be in the 5.8 billion range.  It would only cost 10 billion a year to end hunger in The United States.

THE KING. Whoever wins the election, Jesus is always King.

I would encourage you to take a minute to read the entire post over at EpicParent.tv as well as check out some of their other great content. As parents, use this election to teach your children how to be Christ-like and how to view it in light of Scripture.

A Spiritual Thought from an Unexpected Source

I ran across this video on another blog and at first skipped right over it and did not watch it. But I went back to the blog again tonight and watched it. Although it had no Biblical or spiritual content, God brought a thought to me. The Bush girls are encouraging and giving advice to the Obama girls about their new life in the White House, shouldn’t we as Christians be encouraging and passing on advice to other Christians when they are going through a big transition time in their life? Many Christians, like the Obama girls, are going through a big time of transition or even a time of trouble and all they need is encouragement and advice from someone who has been there before like the Bush girls in this situation. Hope this made sense and hope the video helps you see my point!

Prayer by Rick Warren

Yesterday I was watching the inauguration and I was very impressed and moved by Rick Warren’s prayer. First, I though it was encouraging to see someone like Rick Warren, pray at the inauguration of a president who is so different in all his views and beliefs. Some might down Rick Warren for praying at the inauguration because of all that Obama stands for and doesn’t stand on Christian values or the Word of God. I think Rick Warren did the right thing by taking this opportunity and shinning the light of God Almighty by praying at this inaguration. This post is not about the fact that Rick Warren prayed at Obama’s inauguration, but is about what Rick Warren said in his prayer that really moved me and encouraged me spiritually. During his prayer he said this: “in the name of the one who changed my life…….Jesus” Wow, what a way to address our Saviour Jesus Christ! I think this is what we as Christians miss so much, that because of Jesus Christ we have been changed or in better terms “born again!” We have been born again and been changed because of Jesus Christ!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB) “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

The Word of God makes it very clear that when we are “born again” we are changed, the old has passed away, but we have become new! The sad thing is, the church is full of people who say they are “Christians” but have not been truly “born again” because there has been no change. When we get saved, the Bible makes it clear, we will be changed! If someone can get “saved” and not be changed and still live like the did before they got “saved” than their salvation is in question. Jesus, the one who has changed my life, did just that! I accepted Him and asked Him to come into my heart and I was changed! Have you been changed by Jesus?