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Political Fights: Teachable Moments for Children

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In a charged political atmosphere, parents have a particularly good opportunity to challenge children to careful research, objective biblical analysis, and Christ-like character. The negative examples are literally everywhere. In addressing “hot-button” issues, emphasize the following principles:

  1. The truth is your friend (John 8:32–36). Get the facts. Read extensively on both sides.
  2. Distortion, though common, is still the enemy. Evaluate everything you read for propaganda devices and other forms of falsehood, such as pragmatism and character assassination.
  3. There is absolute truth. Compare everything with the Scripture.
  4. Evil pervades you as well as everyone else. Approach the Scripture, as well as those who disagree with you, humbly. As a young person, you know a lot less about life than you think you do.
  5. God places His people into stressful situations to reveal what is in their hearts that needs to be corrected (2 Corinthians 12:9–10). The goal is never to win an argument; it is to emerge from the argument more like Christ than when it began (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
  6. Repent when you are wrong. It is the right thing to do (2 Corinthians 7:9–11), it results in spiritual growth, and everybody already knew you were wrong anyway.
  7. Life is temporary. We are designed to live somewhere else forever, and together. Your greatest needs will not be met by any government, and your greatest issues are not political. Keep politics in perspective.

From Dan Olinger's article, "Political Fights and the Christian."

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