By CHEC Legislative Liaison Carolyn Martin
Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have bad consequences. If you’ve had a chance to read my end-of-session report (see here), you know there are some bad ideas coming out of our state legislature. Parental rights and religious liberty are under attack.
You have an opportunity to make a difference! The upcoming election in November will have an impact on the laws made in Colorado for decades to come. As citizens in a Constitutional Republic, it is not only our right but our duty to vote. “We, the people” determine who our government is. I cannot say it enough, we must choose wisely!
In Exodus, Jethro advised Moses to seek representative leaders with certain qualities: “Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe,…” (Exodus 18:21). Today, we must seek representatives with the same qualities.
The best way to do that is not by listening to their commercials or the words plastered on their postcards but by sitting down with them, looking them in the eye, and asking serious questions about the ideas they will work to put into law.
I challenge everyone reading this blog post to do the following:
- Find out who your current legislators are (Go here.)
- Make sure to make note of your house district and senate district numbers.
- Find out who is trying to become your next representative and senator (here).
- Invite each candidate to have coffee or dinner at your home.
- Get to know them. Remember they are your neighbor and they are seeking your vote.
- Ask questions. What issues are you passionate about? (You’re welcome to use the bills outlined in my end-of-session report as a reference.) A good question to ask is: what do you believe is the proper role of civil government? (And study ahead of time so you understand this with a biblical worldview!) Take a look at their website and ask about the issues they mention and what laws they plan to bring forward.
Getting to know your legislators is the first step in helping keep our freedom to home educate. Think of it as an investment in your children’s future. Choosing wisely is our duty. Influencing the laws we live under begins with your relationship with your representative!
When you take the challenge, please let me know how your meeting goes!
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
CHEC Legislative Liaison