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2. Become Informed
3. "Get Out the Vote"
4. Presidential Election (Internet-Based)
5. Election-Night Party
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In this issue we want to encourage you to pray,
informed, and "get out the vote" for November's crucial presidential
We as Christians can impact our society and
nation if we all
make a concerted effort to cast informed votes guided by biblical
truths. We should also seek to influence others to do the same.
The election also provides a great opportunity
for us as home
educators to teach our children lessons in Christian citizenship.
May the Lord bless your family for His glory!
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
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The Presidential Election
The primary method of effecting political change
"I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications,
prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for
kings and all that are in high places; that we may lead a
tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity. This is
good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who would
have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth"
(1 Timothy 2:1-4).
1. Pray Concerning the Upcoming Election
* Pray for the election of a President who will honor and
the Lord and lead this nation in His way.
* Pray that godly men will be elected in all levels of
* Pray that Christians will register and vote according
* Pray that the election will be fair and free of fraud.
2. Pray for Revival Among Christians
"If My people, who are called by My name,
themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their
sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
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The Presidential Election
Research issues facing our nation today, gathering
analyzing solutions in light of Scripture, from sources such as
CitizenLink e-mail newsletter.
Research information on political candidates
Eagle Forum Scoreboard
Presidential Candidates' Positions on Abortion
Family Research Council's Voting Records.
* Compare the Democrat and Republican Platforms on four
* Links to all political parties. Directory of third
* Platform comparisons.
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The Presidential Election
"Get Out the Vote"
1. Why Christians Should Vote
Voting is the process designed by our Constitution
our government is directed by us, "the people." It is a
privilege and a responsibility of every citizen to participate in
our government on all levels and to take part in the direction
our nation is going.
Millions of Christians do not register to
vote, and millions
more are registered, but do not vote. We face critical issues
our nation today, and we must all do our part in choosing our
leaders. The future of our children and grandchildren is at stake.
"Select out of all the people able men who
fear God, men of
truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these
over them as leaders" (Exodus 18:21).
2. Register Your Family and Others To Vote
* Be sure you are registered to vote, especially after
* Help your children register to vote as soon as
they turn 18
or if they will be 18 on the next election
* Encourage and help friends, support group or church members,
and neighbors to register and vote.
* Register Online To Vote
Voter registration is still open until the
dates shown only in
the following states:
Oct. 10 - ID, NC, NY, & OK
Oct. 12 - MD, NV, & OR
Oct. 13 - DE, MA, UT, & WV
Oct. 15 - NE
Oct. 18 - CA, KS, & SD
Oct. 19 - CT
Oct. 22 - AL
Oct. 23 - IA & NH
Oct. 25 - VT
3. Encourage Others To Be Informed Voters
* Help distribute Christian voting guides if they are available
in your area.
* Help rally one million Christian voters who will pray
vote to change our nation this year!
* Visit a campaign headquarters and see what jobs are
available to do, such as distributing campaign
and yard signs or registering people to vote.
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Presidential Election (Internet-Based) Unit
Don't miss the opportunity to teach your children
presidential election process during the upcoming election.
In this issue we offer a short unit study
presidential election, excerpted from our 5-part series on
government and the presidential election. You can do all or part
of the 5-part series, or do the shorter version suggested in this issue.
The November election is not your "deadline"
for these studies.
There may be new or sustained interest after the election to motivate
learning as well.
5-Part Series on Government and the Presidential Election
#66 - Government: Introduction; Biblical Basis; Different Forms
#67 - Government: United States
#68 - Government: Our Responsibilities
#69 - Presidential Election (Internet-Based) Unit Study, Part 1
#70 - Presidential Election (Internet-Based) Unit Study, Part 2
Keep a notebook or scrapbook.
* Include notes, compositions, charts, maps, illustrations,
projects from your unit study.
* Take photos of items that are too large to put in your
* Include memorabilia such as bumper stickers and buttons.
* Keep newspaper clippings from turning yellow and disintegrating
by copying on acid-free paper or treat with
a special recipe.
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1. Bible Study
Find out what God says about government by
concordance and/or the verses and principles in newsletters #66
and #68 (see above) such as Psalm 22:28, Romans 13:1-7,
I Peter 2:13-14, Daniel 4:17, Proverbs 21:1, Daniel 2:21,
I Timothy 2:1-4, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 22:17- 21, and
Study the biblical basis for human government
spiritual aspect of political action and our Christian heritage
in newsletters #66 and #67 (see above).
2. Memory Verse(s)
Select a passage to memorize from those you
3. Prayer for Our Leaders, Elections, and Issues
Make a special prayer calendar to use until
the election or
add these items to your weekly prayer list
(see newsletter #68
and section on prayer above.)
4. Read and discuss biblical articles on government and politics.
“How You Can Have Maximum Patriotic Impact”
Information on national issues (see "Become
Read about the Office of the President
1. Read about the president, his powers, and responsibilities.
2. Read about the duties and qualifications of the president
the Constitution of the United States, Article
in Amendments 20, 22, and 25 to the U.S. Constitution.
3. Read "Does character matter in political leaders?"
Design and/or create campaign materials for
a real or
ideal candidate including reasons to vote for him.
Make banners, slogans, brochures, posters,
bumper stickers, ads for radio, television, and newspapers.
Study the Presidential Election Process.
* U.S. presidential election from Wikipedia free encyclopedia.
* An overview of the U.S. Government and the political
* Presidential election process in simplified terms.
* Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.
* Ben's Guide. (Follow arrows at bottom of page.)
Electoral College / Math
Study the much misunderstood reasons for our
* U. S. Electoral College.
* In Defense of the Electoral College.
* Danger of direct elections.
* Mathematical explanation of why we need the Electoral
Written and/or Oral Reports
1. Choose a topic, such as:
* The presidential office and duties.
* A brief biography and qualifications
of a candidate.
* Convince your audience to vote and/or
to vote for a certain
* Your idea of the perfect candidate
and his platform.
* The presidential election process.
* Explanation of the Electoral College
and your opinion of it.
* National issues.
2. Choose a presentation method:
* Written report, with or without visual
* Oral report or speech for your family
or group, with or
without visual aids.
* E-mail your report (with links) to
* Tape your presentation (audio or video)
and send to
friends or family
that do not live near you.
Debates and Speeches
1. Watch candidates' speeches or presidential debates
(October 8 and 13, both at 9:00 p.m. ET) and
that follows. Then critique the content
and presentation of each
2. Read "Short List of Fallacies."
3. Learn more about presidential debates.
4. Create, perform, and record (audio or video) a radio or TV
ad, campaigning for the candidate of your
Draw or obtain a map and label each state
with its two-letter
ZIP code and the number of its Electoral College votes.
See map filled out and answer questions.
Vocabulary, Spelling, Penmanship, and Typing
1. Start with a short list of key words related to the
presidential election and add new or significant
you encounter them.
* Glossary for vocabulary words.
* The following link includes summaries of
2. Verbally test your students by asking them to spell and
define the words and use them in sentences.
3. Do some online vocabulary activities.
Participation in the Political Process
1. Study our responsibilities as citizens (see newsletter #68
2. Find out directly from our Constitution who can vote
(Amendments 14, 15, 19, 23, 24, 26).
3. See suggestions in "Get Out the Vote" (above).
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1. Start with Prayer
* Start your evening early with a time of prayer that Christians
will vote and that the Lord's will would be
* Since many or most votes may already be cast by evening,
ask those you know to pray hourly from the
opening of the
eastern polls to the closing of the western
* See poll closing times (Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. EST -
Wednesday, 1:00 a.m. EST) at
* Pray for a clear and accurate vote count.
2. Enjoy Fellowship and Sharing
* Arrange a potluck dinner.
* Display presidential election unit study projects and/or
listen to presentations.
3. Follow the Election Returns
* Watch the election night results together on TV.
* Keep track of the Electoral College votes on a list,
pencil as projected and then in ink as confirmed.
* Or use an online Electoral College calculator.
Prepare your child for disappointment if his
candidate does not win. Make sure your child understands
that God is still in control.
"The Most High is ruler over the realm of
bestows it on whom He wishes and sets over it the lowliest
of men." (Daniel 4:17)
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Sunnyside Up: Color-Coded
Since this is election year, once again I
watching the polls very closely and praying about the outcome.
In the year 2000 I was glued to the television
George W. Bush and Al Gore were running against one another.
On our TV news reports, areas projected to vote Republican were
shown in red and Democrat in blue. We have three sons, and our
youngest son, Micah, was 4 at the time. Every now and then he
would pass by and catch me saying "Hurray! We are pulling ahead."
That year we took all three boys with us to
vote, and they knew
we were pulling for George W. Bush.
There was a really bad storm the night of
the election in
our town, and the meteorologists were putting weather bulletins on
the screen. Later, Micah came in and glanced at the screen.
weather radar was showing a storm in our area. After seeing the
dark red spot about where we live, he jumped up and down and
said, "Hurray! We're ahead."
Submitted by Teresa D., Arkansas
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