By Carolyn Martin (CHEC Director of Government Relations)
Take One Small Step Forward
Last week I attended an event where two foreigners spoke about the future of America. One was from New Zealand, the other from the United Kingdom. Their nations are much farther down this road of total government control than we are. To hear their perspective was a wake-up call for many in attendance. These foreigners envy our freedom, but they loathe our apathy. What was their message? The last best hope for the world is us. If America fails to guard liberty, the entire world loses and liberty will never return.
People often ask me, what can be done? Fortunately, we are not at the point of having to proclaim “give me liberty or give me death” as Patrick Henry did in 1775. Unfortunately, I’m concerned about the state of our knowledge of our inheritance — an inheritance that those living outside our borders are so jealous over. They seem to know more about our history than we do. We cannot protect something we know extraordinarily little about. Our founders were so acquainted with the philosophy and theology of liberty, it oozed out of them at every turn. Today, instead we find that victimhood, entitlement, and social justice are on the tips of most people’s tongues in America.
We must always begin at the beginning. The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord. Pray and seek His knowledge and His guidance. Education is key. Know the Word of God. Learn the history of liberty in our nation and how our government was designed to work. Seek the ability to understand the times we are in just as the men of Issachar were able to do.
As in Nehemiah’s day, the walls of our foundation have crumbled. We have many breeches to fix. Find your place on the wall and stay there working to restore, to rebuild, and to redeem it for the Lord. The Lord may have you teaching our history and fanning the flame of liberty in those around you. He may desire for you to lead a group to solve a problem in your community. He may direct you to show up, to engage, or to serve in your local government whether that be your city council, your board of county commissioners, or the various boards and commissions that provide advice to those officials. He may ask you to join me at the Capitol (contact me!).
Often, the Lord leads through the simple act of us taking one small step forward. I began my journey getting involved in government by going to my neighborhood caucus. My involvement progressed through prayer and gathering with like-minded people. I encourage everyone to find a group who loves the Lord and wants to save this gift of liberty He gave us so we can pass it on to the next generation. Identify your passion. Watch and learn. Then repair the breech! Above all, abide in Him and stand firm.
Now is the time to register for CHEC’s live-streamed Homeschool Day at the Capitol: At Home on Thursday, April 15th.
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
Carolyn Martin, CHEC Director of Government Relations
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