Growing up, I didn’t care about politics. My parent never discussed politics because they simply didn’t care enough to and didn’t find it necessary. I remember in the fourth grade I went as Laura Bush for a school presentation because she was the First Lady at the time and I merely thought that she was a pretty lady as an elementary schooler. My dad, despite not liking President George W. Bush at the time, said nothing to me and thought that I was adorable. It wasn’t until I was 12 that I became a feminist, gay rights, and overall social justice advocate. What changed? How does a 12 year old even comprehend social justice and the world around them – especially one that comes from a Christian conservative family?
Social Media and the influence of peers at my school.
My parents who raised me incredibly well – ensuring that I was involved with church, had everything I needed and more, and surrounded by people who loved me, had no idea of the new challenge that would steer their daughter in complete opposition to the Lord. I became an active user of Instagram and Twitter which resulted in me meeting countless amounts of people online everyday that had the same interests as me. Liberalism was plaguing almost every social media site but predominately Twitter and Tumblr. If you didn’t reblog a feminist quote and the rainbow flag – were you even human? You didn’t want people to think you were a “heartless human” like many people think in our society’s new black or white mob mentality thinking. I was raised by social justice. I was friends with social justice social media warriors. Now this is not because my parents didn’t raise me but because they didn’t know they needed to pour into me like the world already was. They didn’t know the world had a monopoly on my beliefs, values, and overall worldview.
This all started in 2011. Right now the current year is 2020 and things have escalated at an unprecedented rate. We cannot ignore the obvious political world around us and the influence it has in every single aspect of our daily lives no matter how big or small. I cannot imagine being a Christian parent and not discussing the beliefs and values of God with your children.
In the recent years as I’ve matured as a Christian, a wife, and stepmom preparing for motherhood I have changed my opinion on discussing and involving children with anything politically related. The enemy is out for grabs and is working overtime in our schools, social media, and even in many western churches. Parents – we can no longer outsource biblical discipleship to our Children and Youth Pastors and expect them to equip our children enough to withstand Satan himself on every corner. We must train and disciple our children at home first and foremost like we are commanded to do.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
While both parents are responsible for discipling their children the father has a unique role ordained by God to instruct and discipline his children in the ways of the Lord. While many fathers let the mothers handle this role – step it up. You are commanded to be a spiritual leader in your home over your wife and your children. In our modern world this will truly test your faith and aligning with God’s will for your life.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”Ephesians 6:4
How might you go about “training your child in the way of the Lord” and ensuring they are discipled and armored with the amour of God each and every day in a world full of vipers out for blood? While our modern secular world is an ugly place, it is also a perfect opportunity to use as an example. There is no reason to talk bad about another candidate or use adult unGodly rhetoric to explain biblical values to young children.
Age Appropriate Resources
There is a great resource that many families (including Jill Duggar’s family) are using to teach about the 2020 Presidential Election by Elizabeth from This Little Home of Mine blog. She created a 80+ page printable to utilize for learning a basic and non-bias understanding of democracy, voting, Republicans/Democrats, Patriotism, and more! I’m currently using this with my stepdaughter so she can understand what voting, our flag, and Patriotism is. I’ve paired these lessons with different Youtube videos created for kids to teach them about voting and patriotism. There are some activities in the PDF packet that are too old for her so I’ll utilize those once she’s at a more mature elementary age – the coloring printables are all we need!
Everything Should Be Centered Around God
A great way to navigate any discussion about politics or simply any topic or issue that may arise is to ensure that God is the center. While discussing why we should vote with your children explain that voting is our right as a citizen of The United States and our vote reflects our loving and just God! When we go to cast a vote we reflect the values of Christ. When you and your family see your city being torn apart by Black Lives Matter and local businesses being completely demolished, discuss that there are people who are quick to anger, quick to speak, and slow to listen (James 1:19) who are destroying stuff because they are upset. Explain everything with a bible verse/story prepared or be ready to do a quick search and turn it into a biblical lesson! Children need to know that God does not condone violence, that our God is a just God and that vengeance is not ours (Romans 12:19). This probably sounds insane to have to explain to your children but children are more aware than we think and see everything that is going on. If they don’t see it then they hear their peers talking in school, while they’re browsing social media, or plastered on TV. There must be a biblical understanding for everything because a solid foundation in Christ is essential to combat the propaganda on every corner.
Pray Without Ceasing
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Christians, we should be praying without ceasing daily. However, pray for Godly wisdom and guidance as you embark on the journey of training your children in the ways of the Lord. You were not meant to do this alone and have no sense of direction. He will guide you and help you articulate and soundly explain His ways. Pray for your husband for guidance as Spiritual Leader of your household. Pray for your children to greatly love the Lord with all of their heart, mind, and soul. Don’t forget to pray with your children as well – family prayer should be an essential part of your daily routine. A family that prays together, stays together!
Christian parents have an essential role to play in their children’s lives. Do not allow the enemy to hold captive your children’s hearts and minds with a false gospel and false idols. We must rise to the occasion as we are commanded to by God and pour biblical truth and love into our children to ensure the enemy will fail when grasping for our children. No political topic is too big or too small because our God and His ways are greater than any obstacle we will face here on Earth.