Teaching Our Children About Patriotism
When you think of patriotism, no doubt you envision the US flag waving, Independence Day parades, the sirens of fire trucks, soldiers marching down the street carrying “Old Glory,” but just what does patriotism mean to you? Think carefully here.
Words and phrases that come to mind when I think of patriotism are numerous. Loyalty to our flag. Pride and honor in our military. Love of country. Service. Sacrifice. Freedom, liberty, and integrity. We have been privileged to live in the greatest land this side of heaven. We have an obligation to teach our children the value and the responsibility of patriotism.
Children should be taught that patriotism is not dead, and should never die. They are our next generation. We must not fail in training them, for if we do so, they will fail in keeping this sacred trust to their children. This cannot be an option.
Is patriotism biblical?
Paul when writing to the Romans said, “For there is no power but of God” (Romans 13:1). This can be interpreted “all authority comes from God.” In Romans 13:2 Paul states “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power (authority), resisteth the ordinance of God.” It is noteworthy to point out that Paul was writing this during the time of Nero, the horrific leader of the Roman Empire. He was notorious throughout the world for his persecution of Christians, yet in the midst of this evil ruler, Paul teaches that we must live by the laws of the land and PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS.
I Timothy 2:1-2 states “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
The challenge laid before us as parents is that if we disagree with the people who have been elected to rule over us or we dislike the direction of the country, it very important to teach our children the importance of loving America by praying for those who are in authority and abide by the laws by which we are governed. This is biblical and brings the blessings of God when we obey His Word. We can accomplish more in our prayer lives than we can at the ballot box. By executing this command of God in the Home, you are leading by example to your children and grandchildren that being an American is not about holding their head up high, but bending their knee ---- in prayer.
Can we be a patriotic Christian and still question civil authority? Yes, everyone should be held accountable but we must lead by a Christ-like example and disagree with our leaders in a way that honors Christ, not bring shame or slander to His Name. Patriotism should not be confused with politics, for it bears allegiance not to a candidate or a public official. Patriotism is love, honor, and integrity in our Country, because God has blessed us to be born in the greatest land in the world, America.
We teach our children patriotism when we set forth the example of praying for our Nation and our leaders; for their wisdom, protection, integrity, health, and their personal salvation through Jesus Christ. Our children will see the importance of loving God and thanking Him for a free America.