Are you currently teaching your children Government? In addition to self-government, which should be constantly taught always, there is much that is currently very relevant to teaching our children about civil government. A good place to address right now would be our Constitution, yes, the one many would like to do away with, the one many are trying to override with “international law”.
Today, in particular, I have on my mind the Bill of Rights. Sounds to me like something our forefathers thought important that we have as a nation. Let’s take a look at First Amendment rights, the right to free speech, free exercise of religion, etc.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Hmm, doesn’t sound like what we see in muzzling pastor’s in their own churches, let alone the general population in public – schools, radio shows, etc. Has the First Amendment been done away with by the “Fairness Doctrine” and “hate” crimes of speech?
How about the Second Amendment? It is greatly being restricted and effort is being made to completely abolish it.
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Let’s jump to the Tenth Amendment, where I was heading this morning. The Tenth Amendment was a guarantee of our Federalality, the balance of powers, protection against an overbearing central government of the nation. The Constitution spelled out the only duties of that central, national government. The Tenth Amendment spelled out that all other powers were to the states, and the people of them.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
In the clip I posted a few weeks ago, on my ‘from me’ blog, we see what some Congressmen think of these powers not given to them. They want them. In today’s post at American Vision, read more about our disintegrating 10th Amendment.
Parents, it’s time we teach our children about the foundations of our nation’s government, its Christian foundings. Some good resources are below and on our Governments Resources & Recommendations pages.
|God and Government, [updated: now in 1 hardback volume] What is the significance of the phrase “In God we trust”? DeMar believes it’s the fundamental premise upon which our forefathers built the United States of America. In this series, he discusses Christianity’s influence on American development and offers a practical approach to developing a biblical perspective on government and society. Includes study questions. Ages 12 and up. Softcovers, from American Vision.|
|Rudiments of America’s Christian History and GovernmentBy Rosalie J. Slater & Verna M. Hall / F.a.c.e. This classic study of America’s Christian History and Government in the Principle Approach has blessed students young and old since 1968, and is now in a second edition. It has a helpful “Teaching and Learning Guide” in the back and references the Bible, Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary, Christian History and Consider and Ponder by Verna Hall, and Teaching and Learning by Rosalie Slater. It guides the student by thought-provoking questions and exercises to research, reason, relate and record. Often used as a school course or reference book, Rudiments is an ideal “Christian History Study Group” text. For junior high through adult.|
|Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History: The Principle ApproachBy Rosalie J. Slater / F.a.c.e.Build a living curriculum from the treasure of our nation’s Christian history! Designed as a companion to America’s Christian History and Government, this well-organized teacher’s guide provides readings, lesson plans, group study activities, and special projects for the primary grades through high school. Topics include “Constituents of Constitutional Liberty,” “The Christian Principle of Self-Government,” and “America’s Heritage of Christian Character.” 378 pages, hardcover.|
|The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, Volume 1, RevisedBy F.a.c.e.Verna Hall’s classic compliation of America’s establishment as the world’s first Christian Constitutional Republic restores the idea of the Providential approach to history and government. from this major volume springs the documentation of the Hand of God in the history of men and nations. Compiled with primary texts, one reads the very words of founders such as Samuel Adams, John Smith, John Locke and other notable figures in colonialized American history. The “Westward Chain of Christianity” is also emphasized with the idea of God moving man and government westward to appear as an American Constitutional Republic. Better documented footnoted and a revised layout and side margin notes make this comprehensive work even more impressive. 489 pages with glossary and index. Gold-stamped red vellum cover with embossed Paul Revere eagle.|