We live in a world that is divided. That is not arguable. But what is unfortunate is that the church is divided as well. And I believe that what we are doing is actually harming not only our testimony as followers of Jesus but is also harming our walk with God.
I am talking about our political division.
Our job, as parents, is to disciple our children to be followers of Jesus. We are not called to disciple our children to be followers of a favorite sports team, TV show, or political party/agenda. Our job is to teach our children what God wants for them and from them.
So when it comes to politics, we must teach our children what God says, in HIS Word. Thankfully God makes it very clear.
Romans 13:1-7 (NIV)
1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
4 For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
This is not to say that we have to agree with everything that a certain politician or political party may stand for. But it does say that, unless we believe God makes mistakes, we must submit to the authorities that are in place.
So how can we help our children in times of political divisions?
Sit down with them and share with them God's Word and help them to understand we ultimately serve in God's Kingdom.
Refrain from unhealthy talk. This would go for what is said around the dinner table, to what you post on social media. More posts and conversations, in the last month, have been centered around tearing down a politician or political party than sharing the HOPE we have in Jesus Christ.
Pray with your children. It is very important that our children hear us pray (and not just at the dinner table or for a sport team to win). It is important for them to hear our thankfulness and submission to the Lord. We often create fear in our children because we our words carry a sense of fear that God has lost control. When we pray before our children, it reminds them that He is ultimately in control and no matter what is going on in our country, God is good!
Just like the Jews who lived under Roman authority, hated and feared the Roman government, God reminds us that He not only knows what is going on, but He is the orchestrator of all things, including our own government.
May we use this days to disciple our children to be followers of Jesus.