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The Importance of Political Involvement
by James Robison

06/01/2007  

Last week's article on the shocking high school assembly in Boulder, Colorado ("I Never Thought This Could Happen") garnered more response than perhaps any other article I've written. People asked for Dr. Becker's personal address, invited me to join activist organizations and sought advice to stop this from spreading to their own schools. Only one reader criticized me for daring to call a psychologist into question, since I myself am not certified as an "expert" scientist. But the dominant question from outraged readers was, "What can I do about this?"

I won't be providing any personal information of those involved (especially since it's easily obtained through an internet search engine,) but I will address the core concern: the proper response and role of Christians in local and national politics. People of faith do not forfeit their right to participate in the political process. We actually assume greater responsibility to be involved.

The situation at the high school ultimately comes down to a political issue. Our local and national leaders are usually a reflection of our own apathy or involvement. The viewpoints advocated at the student assembly reflect much of the prevalent attitude in the Boulder community, long known as a largely liberal town. Parents who hold traditional values often find themselves in the minority.

The moral environment of government-run schools is a critical concern for every citizen across the country. Every tax-payer has the right to be involved in local school politics. It begins with school board elections and continues through personal involvement in school organizations like the PTA. Every voter needs to educate themselves on the ethics, morality and agendas of every name on the ballot. Parents of school children should be especially active in the schools. If you want to prevent this from happening in your schools, you need to be involved in the decisions that determine what occurs on campus.

Christians must avoid being partisan activists. We must not commit to a strict party line, while still standing firm on issues important to us. This is especially true in local politics. We must stand for morality, not partiality.

We must also avoid the temptation to become disenfranchised from the political process because of human inadequacy or failure. Often, the candidates in any race fail to fully live up to our standards. Still, we must support the one most closely aligned with our views. It's a less-than-perfect scenario, but the alternate choices of apathy or exclusion only worsen the climate.

The importance of involvement runs right up the political ladder, from the mayor's office and state representatives to Congress and the Oval Office. As I pointed out in the article "Don't Let The Media Choose Our President," we cannot let biased manipulation make our decisions for us. This is why I am excited about Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas . Though he's not a so-called "top tier" candidate, I am not content to let the media or the moneymen tell me who should be our next president. I will support the man or woman who comes closest to my personal convictions, whether Democrat, Republican or Independent. This should be true in every contested office, all the way down to the local school board.

Huckabee says that he's not running for America's pastor, he's running for America's president. He's right in that we don't need evangelists in office; we need good people, good examples and great leaders in office!

As a part of this, we must be able to sit down and reason with everyone. Life is not a scream-and-shout talk show; it's a place where must be able to stand for principle and communicate our ideas in every environment. Remember, the Bible says, "the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God" (NKJV).

Finally, parents must create a climate in the home that overrides anything in the public schools. Talk to your children. Don't be afraid to discuss subjects that they are discussing in school. Tell them what's right and what's wrong and make sure you live your life in accordance with your words. Wisdom understands things from God's point of view. Explain to your children the consequences of foolish actions so they will understand the importance of their decisions.

We are to be a light in the world. That light will shine most brightly at home, so get involved locally, regionally and then nationally. Light dispels darkness, so the best way to prevent darkness from creeping into your city is to shine that light brighter than anything else through direct, personal involvement.


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Author: James Robison

Word Count: 760

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net