And tonight, some of my children will participate in their first election party. We have a good friend running for the state legislature, hoping to de-seat the incumbent. I am so excited for him, but I am also aware of how much this will change their lives if he does win the election.
This isn’t the first of our friends to run for office. We’ve witnessed others who have had to endure hardships in order to participate in this thing called government. We’ve seen how families have had to adjust to a life that involves long hours, long distance parenting, and financial strain. These people don’t run for office for the glory of it, they run for office for their children because they know the very fabric of this nation is woven with families…not political agendas.
My children know we vote because we want to protect rights we have not just as citizens, but as parents. We want to raise them in a nation where we can choose homeschooling and choose it legally. We sometimes have to make difficult choices when it comes to voting along Biblical lines. We have to make choices that keep their welfare and welfare of any other children we might have at the forefront. We are always looking forward. Our children are very much the reason for our forward thinking.
Our friends who have run for office love their children very much. They have sacrificed much to help usher in government policies that help families, rather than tear them apart. And yes, some of them have suffered persecution because of it. Why? Because sometimes what the family and our children truly need, isn’t very popular. So often, government officials are blind to what families need to survive. In turn, they are blind to the truth that without strong families, a nation will crumble.
As Christians, we must be about families. We must speak up for our own children and for those children who have no voice. We must do what is right at all costs. For some of us, that means running for office. For others it is working on campaigns. For all, it should be taking the time to vote…and being that crazy lady who brings all her kids to the polls. After all, it’s a family affair!