The white form sits here at my desk beside me. It is begging for attention because the deadline for mailing it is rapidly approaching. I pick up my pen and take a deep breath. The pen hovers over the page as I prepare to leave my mark.
But then I stop. I can’t do this. I’m not ready yet. Maybe I need to do some more research. Maybe I need to pray more.
It doesn’t matter that I’ve already done plenty of those things. This decision seems so huge, so weighty, and the options seem so dismal.
I have to do it. Voting is important. It’s a privilege we have in this country that I don’t ever want to take for granted. Sitting it out is not an option. A decision has to be made.
But here we are, only a week from election day, and I still am hesitant about who to vote for.
Many Americans woke up today feeling that way.
But I think the decision weighs even heavier on those of us who are moms because we’re not just making this decision for ourselves. We’re making this decision for our children and our grandchildren. We know the choice we make will have implications, good or bad, on their futures.
And so our hearts are heavy. We don’t like either one of our options. We wonder, “Is this really the best our country has to offer?”.
And so for months now, we’ve read, prayed, and watched debates. We’ve hoped that maybe some miracle would happen. That someone would step down, that someone would be disqualified. That someone new would take their place. Someone we can trust. Someone we can respect. Someone we can feel hopeful about.
But none of that has happened.
These really are our options. It’s not an SNL skit and we’re not getting Punk’d.
The decision is before us and it demands our attention. So what do we do?
Start here. On this website, you can take a quiz that determines which political candidate is most in line with your values and beliefs. It took me about 15 minutes to complete, but it is very thorough and is the best one of these I have done. If you don’t have an answer for every single question, that’s okay. I skipped over some and just answered the ones that were the most important to me.
Then pray. Now that you have knowledge about the candidates, their policies, and beliefs- seek wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”.
Trust that He is in control. At the end of the day, Jesus is still King. He is sovereign and capable. He alone is where we should place our trust and our hope.
And finally, we can teach our children to do better. We know the Bible tells us to train up our children in the way they are to go (Proverbs 22:6) and teach them His commands (Deuteronomy 6:7). The faith and morals our children learn in our home our critical for our success as a nation.
Eric Metaxas demonstrates this in his “Golden Triangle of Freedom”.
None of these key points on the Golden Triangle can be directed by the state. They must come from within.
One of America’s founding fathers, John Adams, put it this way: “The foundation of national morality “must be laid in private families.”
Mamas, if we want our country to succeed, to continue to enjoy the freedoms we have been so richly blessed with, we must teach our children our faith and our values.
Maybe the biggest decision we have to make today isn’t who we’re going to vote for. Maybe it’s how we are going to pass our faith and our values on to our children.
How we pass on our faith and values looks different in every family, but I’ve included some resources below to help give you some ideas!
- Sign-up here to receive access to my FREE Prayer Calendar for Kids
- Read this post about a great way to be intentional with your toddlers and preschoolers
- Check out some of these great books: