By CHEC Legislative Liaison Carolyn Martin
2018: A Pivotal Year for Colorado
Over the last several decades, Colorado has become a bellwether state for progressive policies. The state was red but turned purple when I moved here in 2004. Now the state is about to fall headlong off the cliff into progressivism. This next session, which begins next week on Wednesday, January 10th, could be the last one before the monsoon begins.
While conservatives who believe in the rule of law, personal responsibility, parental rights, and religious liberty and who take seriously their oath to uphold our state and national Constitutions continue to hold the majority in the Senate, their leadership is in jeopardy.
There will be bills this session that seek to undermine parental rights and strengthen the administrative power that believes the Bible is hate speech. Currently, the Senate has the numbers to stop these bills from becoming law, but barely.
Homeschooling families have historically been more involved politically. The reason we are and should be is because we understand several key things about living in a republic:
- We, the people, are the government – because we choose who represents us, we are responsible for the government we live under.
- Freedom comes with sacrifice – whether it be our freedom in Christ that calls us to die to ourselves and take up our cross, or our freedom to live according to our conscience in a country that values liberty, which requires us to choose our leaders wisely and employs us to hold them accountable to God’s standards.
- Dependency breeds bondage and poverty, while freedom brings ingenuity and prosperity.
- Apathy is not an option because God has called us to be good stewards of what He has blessed us with – including this country which is unique among the nations.
What can you do?
- Know what freedoms are at stake and how to talk in a winsome way about them!
- Hold your representatives accountable to our Constitution and values! (see the upcoming Meet Your Legislator Day)
- Investigate the candidates running in your district!
- Promote good candidates!
- Get involved and help with a vital campaign! (Please contact me if you have any questions about getting involved with a campaign – firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Read CHEC legislative updates to stay informed and to learn about specific steps you can take to make a difference (Subscribe here).
CHEC is hosting a “Meet Your Legislator Day” on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. We are asking that you make an appointment with your representatives and join us at the Capitol.
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
CHEC Legislative Liaison