There’s no way I can follow the election, grade everyone’s papers, and keep the house clean.
Between now and the election, I will settle for keeping everyone fed, clothed, cleaned, and loved. We all have our regular house chores, but any major cleaning projects will just have to wait. If you visit me, my windows will be dirty. Deal with it. I have! 🙂
We are LIVING history, right now. I don’t want my children to miss an awareness of it. Sure, I shelter them from the revolting Sarah Palin t-shirts and I pre-view all youtube videos; but I let them in on all that they can handle.
We talk about political process and personalities, voting blocs and polls. We discuss issues of race in America, and whether a woman should be president.
We watch the debates together. We pray for the election before dinner. They wish I would buy yard-signs, but I’m too cheap and tell them they need to make their own.
When President Bush speaks and the nation collectively trembles with financial fears, I grab their hands and we pray. Even though our leaders have made mistakes, they still govern our land. We don’t pray for blessing; rather, we pray for wisdom, for heart-searing conviction, for mercy, for souls to return to the Lord no matter the cost. We pray that hard times may strengthen our nation’s foundation; we remember that all we have comes from His hand.
This election, like all of the elections we have the privilege to partake in, is a spiritual issue. It is a thermometer of our moral temperature. Are we hot or cold? Are we lukewarm? Our vote will tell the tale, and I want my children to understand the full responsibility of being a Christian who lives in a representative republic. My husband and I won’t neglect to teach them the spiritual implications behind our vote, to pray with them as we watch history speed along, to defend and protect life from the very beginning. They need to be ready when it is their turn.
A national election only comes along every four years. I can teach my children to clean the house any time.
Holly writes at her blog, Seeking Faithfulness.