Thursday, November 6, 2008

Post-election instructions

It is now two days since the 2008 Presidential Election, and naturally, the country is still on fire - either on fire because of excitement or on fire because of disappointment. And though these last few days have been intense and emotional, I encourage everyone to step back and look at this historic moment from a child's perspective. What are our children learning from this? What are we teaching our children through this?
November, 2008, provides us with a wonderful opportunity to teach our children great lessons surrounding politics, liberty, and citizenship.
I recently read a fantastic commentary by a Christian educator, Dr. Mosbacker. I believe that his instructions to us are profound and necessary during this time of transition. Even if you do not aline yourself with the Christian faith, I believe that these instructions are worth considering because they focus on nonpartisanship through a greater cause.
Here is an overview of Dr. Mosbacker's instructions, though I encourage you to check out the entire commentary on his blog.
  1. Pray for the new President and mean it.
  2. Pray for our country.
  3. Verbally express due honor to the Office of the President and to the man who occupies it.
  4. Use the election to teach your students (or children) how to work through the various policy issues from a biblical perspective - not from a Democratic or Republican one.
  5. Instead of always protesting what is wrong, offer solutions and prepare our students (or children) to do the same.
  6. Celebrate the moral progress that this election represents.
  7. Remember that "for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose."
*The picture of the troops circled in prayer was too beautiful not to include in this post. What an example they are!

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