By Lori Hatcher
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (I Timothy 2:1-2)
It was a surreal experience. On my right was U. S. Sen. Lindsay Graham. On my left was U. S. Rep. Joe Wilson. Completing the trio was Senate hopeful Jim DeMint. And me. Me, who three months earlier thought that Wilson was a tennis ball company, grahams went with chocolate to make s’mores, and de mint was what you ate after de meal. Now I listened to their plans for our state and our country and asked questions that were reasonably intelligent. To what did I owe this newfound political savvy? My fifteen-year-old politically interested home schooled daughter.
Interested in the political process and wanting to earn her high school credit in government, my daughter made contact with several local candidates running for political office and volunteered her services. The rest, as they say, is history.
Smart candidates recognize the gold mine of time, energy, and enthusiasm that belong to most home schoolers. They realize that it does not take a rocket scientist to hand out stickers in a parade, staple yard signs together, prepare mailers, and waive signs at polling places. Each hour my daughter worked counted toward elusive Carnegie units for government. Each hour she worked taught her valuable things about the political process.
More than that though, our whole family learned that our elected officials really do care about the people they serve. Each of these men took the time to thank my daughter for her service as warmly as if she had donated much more than time to their campaigns. They took time out of their busy schedules to tell stories of when they were fifteen years old, working on their first campaigns. They recognized that the young people volunteering with them are the future—citizens, voters, and possibly elected officials—and they planted seeds of that vision in them.
Now, eight years later, my daughter works for one of the same candidates for whom she campaigned so long ago. She lives on Capitol Hill and sometimes leads tours for home schooling families just like ours. Exploring the field of government during high school birthed a desire in her heart to be a part of the governmental process rather than just complain about it. As a believer in Christ, she has an opportunity to be a light in a very dark place and an influence on those around her.
If your family has never been involved in a political campaign, I urge you to consider it today. Choose a candidate whose views mirror yours and give their campaign headquarters a call. It is a great way to meet the men and women who represent us at the school board, city council, county commission, statehouse, and in Washington. Your children will be on their way to becoming an active part in our country’s democracy, and you might even learn what House district you live in once and for all.
- Have you and your family been passive or involved in the political process?
- Have you ever considered volunteering to help a local candidate run for office?
- Which candidates’ or currently elected officials’ platforms most closely align with a biblical worldview on current issues?
- Is it important to you that your children learn the political process?
Action Step for This Week
Teach your children how to find a candidate or incumbent within your area whose political views most closely align with your own. Contact his or her office to volunteer.
Prayer of Commitment:
“Lord, it is so easy to be passive when it comes to government. There is a lot I do not understand, and sometimes it seems that only the immoral and dishonest get elected. Please show me how You would like for our family to be a part of the political process. Help us to find a godly man or woman like Daniel or Mordecai to come alongside with our prayers, our time, and our effort.”