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We the People

Moms and dads, do you worry about the world your family lives in and the future that awaits them?

There have been many news photos in recent months that have troubled me—haunting images, frightening images. One that stays in my mind shows men kneeling in the dirt, knowing they will soon be beheaded for holding different beliefs from their captors. These photos unsettle me as I wonder whether such pictures might one day be taken on the soil of the United States of America.

I am grateful to live in a country that—to date—has protections in place for its citizens. I know that ours is not a perfect nation, but I also know our country affords freedom, safety, and prosperity like few other places on planet earth. My heart swells when I look at the stars and stripes, and my throat binds with tears when I sing our national anthem. I am grateful that so many can live together peaceably in spite of differing beliefs and perspectives. I don’t want to be nonchalant or careless about my rights and privileges as a citizen.

I remember looking forward to turning sixteen and the prospect of my first driver’s license. I was at the DMV on the first day I was eligible. But a greater rite of passage came when my birthday put me in the initial group of eighteen year olds who were welcomed as voting members of “We the People.” I registered as soon as I was able, and I first stepped behind what was then a literal curtain to cast my vote for the President of the United States of America. It was a big deal, and it was the beginning of my regular treks to my polling place, no matter whether the vote was local, state, or national.

If you are the parent of a young person who has reached the age of eighteen, I urge you to help them become engaged as a citizen of this country. Encourage or assist them to:

  • Register to vote
  • Learn about all candidates and referenda on the ballot
  • Pray about each decision in light of the freedoms we hold dear
  • Head to the polls every time they are open and cast a studied vote

Romans 13 is a good passage to discuss with your young adult children. This passage on government starts by saying, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Our salvation doesn’t come from Washington; we know that. But our ability to share the gospel freely and to live according to the dictates of Scripture will be affected by those “powers that be,” and we have the freedom in this country to be a part of selecting them.

Along with rights and privileges, we have serious responsibilities as well. Teach your younger children by example as they see you cast your vote whenever the polls are open. As they mature, talk to them about why you are supporting (or not supporting) various candidates.

Voting is an adult responsibility, and I trust you will help your young adults to participate as a part of “We the People.”

By: Nancy Lohr

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