The Backbone of Conservative Candidates
Over the course of the last decade, home schoolers have served as an essential element of the political ground game for conservative candidates across the country. Home schoolers are recognized not simply as a traditionally conservative voting bloc, but as a network of dedicated activists.
However, like in many movements, the strength of the home schooling community is not set in stone and if we do not guard the community zealously then it will fade out. The strength of home schoolers is that we are a community that stays informed and acts based on what we know. Studies show home school graduates to be more likely to vote and be active in their community than their public school counterparts. Those studies also show home schoolers to be more familiar with what is going on politically.
An activist spirit has been the backbone of home schooling since its inception, but are we at risk of losing it? It may be easier to lose than we think.
How strong is our backbone?
Fear is a powerful thing in our society today. In fact, it is so prevalent that it has silenced even the church on many issues. Americans are so fearful of being labeled as bigots, haters, or any number of other unpleasant titles that we have adopted a policy of conformity rather than courage.
We have reached a point where even professing Christians will defend the practice of homosexuality, the destruction of the institution of marriage, the murder of unborn children . . . unfortunately, the list goes on . . . .
For many of us, we wait until things get so bad that our fear of the results overcomes our fear of being politically incorrect, and only then do we finally get involved in the political discussion. However, by this time it is often far too late.
Fear is an inherently reactive attribute, whereas courage is an inherently active attribute. If the home school community loses its activist spirit and its place of influence in our culture, it will be because we lost the last element of courage and followed the rest of America into a fear-based, reactive political and social philosophy.
Our culture cannot afford that loss.
How do we keep our strength?
Every election cycle THSC vets, endorses, and advocates for candidates and officeholders who are champions of home school freedom and parental rights. In 1994 we won our freedom to home school in the courts, and we would be deluding ourselves to believe that we cannot lose that freedom through our courts or our legislature.
For this reason, THSC has been at the helm for decades fighting for home schoolers and parents and doing everything possible to inform the home schooling community. We recognize that the success of our system of government is predicated on an informed and active electorate.
Whom can we count on?
In preparation for the 2016 Republican Primary, THSC has already vetted and endorsed several parental rights champions. The home school community can count on these individuals to proactively defend home schooling and parental rights and to speak the truth in courage.
The reality is that knowledge of the truth–even an inherently controversial truth–creates an obligation of action. It is impossible for Christians to both avoid controversy and to speak the truth. At some point we will have to decide whether our allegiance is to righteousness or convenience. It cannot be both.
Which will you decide?
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