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Teach Your Kids the Truth About America

I was taught to love America as a child. We rooted for USA during the Olympics, and always got a little emotional singing "The Star Spangled Banner" or "God Bless America". We memorized and recited our pledge to the American flag and the republic for which it stands. And indeed, America is a country worth loving. Teach your kids the truth about America.



Buy the truth and sell it not.. Proverbs 23:23

I was taught to love America as a child. We rooted for USA during the Olympics, and always got a little emotional singing “The Star Spangled Banner” or “God Bless America”. We memorized and recited our pledge to the American flag and the republic for which it stands. And indeed, America is a country worth loving. Yes, despite her problems, the American citizen has been more free and prosperous in the last two centuries than has ever been recorded in human history. While we are seeing the decline of our culture, America is still the best the world has to offer.

But what does God think about all of this? Should we teach our children to love their country? On the surface, this might seem like a wise thing to do, but what if you live in an immoral, hedonistic country run by a depraved despot? Do you teach patriotism to your children if you live in Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s? What if Fidel Castro or Kim Jong-un is running the show? I would imagine that you would have a hard time teaching your children to love a country that is perpetrating genocide and other direct violations of Gods law. Even America is not innocent with the blood of nearly 1 million innocent babies per year to account for.

What then should we do? 

Teach your children the truth about America.

First, you need to teach them the truth about our history.

Americans today know very little about how our country was founded and what kind of men did the founding. While not all were Christians, many did fear God and their combined success was largely due to their implanting the Bible principles of human nature into our founding documents. This is fundamentally why our nation has thrived for 200 years, while so many others have foundered. The ideas that all people are equal and given certain rights by God to freedom and life are the bedrock of our society.




Today, history is being rewritten. Kids are being told that America was not founded on Biblical principles. Instead, the idea that the founders were racists gets air time along with mentally insane gender “theories” and other nonsense.

Knowing that America has greatly surpassed all other nations is not as important as knowing why that is the case. This country was blessed by God because many righteous people were found in her borders. If God would spare Sodom for ten righteous people, would he not have then blessed Sodom if two thousand righteous were found? Truly we can say, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Psalm 33:12).

Teach them the truth about patriotism.

I was taught to love America as a child. We rooted for USA during the Olympics, and always got a little emotional singing "The Star Spangled Banner" or "God Bless America". We memorized and recited our pledge to the American flag and the republic for which it stands. And indeed, America is a country worth loving. Teach your kids the truth about America.




The Israelites in Bible times were intensely patriotic. Being a Jew meant something special and other countries knew it too. They had a specific culture with rites of passage, traditions, and stories to hand down. God even encouraged this at times. It is certainly not wrong to love your country and appreciate its culture and what is has accomplished in history.

True patriotism doesn’t stop there. What do I mean? As an example, if you truly love your child, you will not cheer him on to his own destruction. Instead, you will condemn ill behavior, obstruct any attempt at wrong doing, and condemn evil when it is made known. The same must be done for our nation and culture where it deviates from Biblical principles. When children are taught that there is no God and that we all morphed into humans from a primordial soup, we must condemn it. When current presidential candidates praise the organization that performs thousands of abortions each year, we must speak up. That is true love.

The unfortunate truth is that today, American culture leaves very little to be proud of. Teach your kids that loving America is just as much about condemning her sin as it is about appreciating her culture and history.

Teach them the truth about our role as citizens.

America has sent out more missionaries to a foreign field preaching the Gospel of Christ than any other nation. We have been salt and light to other nations through the amazing sacrifice of those Christians God has called to serve him abroad. Yet today, America is turning into a mission field.




Thousands of churches are closing their doors every year, and not nearly enough new ones are replacing them. Many of the churches that do exist are concentrated in certain areas in the southern and eastern portions of the U.S. leaving wide ranges of territory with a woefully inadequate number of churches per capita. On a personal level, I have talked to personal acquaintances about the gospel and received some startling responses. Many people don’t know who Jesus was, or what he did on the cross 2,000 years ago. This kind of ignorance to the truth is unprecedented in our nation.

Teach our kids that we have a mission, and raise them with the truth in hand, so that God can use them to fulfill it.

Oh, and don’t forget to model that kind of behavior yourself. Time is running out, and we don’t have the luxury of waiting around for our kids to fix the mess.

 

Your turn! How are you teaching your kids to be patriotic? I’d love to see everyone’s ideas! Let’s chat in the comments below!

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15 Comments

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    Mary Geisen
    May 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Great article! If our children go by what they read or hear on social media, they would get a skewed view of America. Thank you for being proactive with your children.

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      Anastasia Safee
      May 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      It is amazing how much sway culture has on people. We have to be proactive for sure!

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    Christy
    May 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

    You’ve got some good thoughts, we need to be thinking about what we’re teaching our children. We teach our kids the truth about America’s founding, but that sin entered the world. But even with it’s faults, and sins, we still live in greatest nation in the world (for now). We have the freedom to speak out against those things we don’t agree with…but this world is not our home, it is temporary. We teach our children to love others, to serve others and to honor God. We will cheer for American athletes in the Olympics this summer and for others to do their best. We celebrate July 4th with a big party and the reading of the Declaration of Independence and have done this for many years. When they were younger, they would prepare something to present, a report on a president, or a song, or an American history quiz… We honor those men that sacrificed everything they had and put their lives in danger to give us the freedom we enjoy today. I am saddened that we are not the country we once were, but God is still on the throne and His purpose will not be thwarted.

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      Tiffiney (Welcome Home Ministry)
      May 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Hey Christy! Celebrating the Fourth of July by reading the Declaration of Independence is a great Idea! I shall look to incorporate that into our festivities. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anastasia Safee
      May 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      We love celebrating the fourth of July! My husband always likes to make a big deal out of it 🙂 He cannot wait until they are older to enjoy the fireworks with them.

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    Jennifer
    May 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    What a great article with great reminders! We certainly have to be intentional to teach them the truth about our country. Good or bad, in America or not, we just remind our children of the need for the gospel. Thanks so much for linking this article to Waiting on…Wednesday!

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    Cheyenne Hasty
    May 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Love this post. We were homeschooled and taught about our country and the founding fathers and mothers. It is so important! Thank you for reminding this generation of it’s dire importance. Bless you! Follow you by all of your social media now too.

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      Anastasia Safee
      May 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      That is great! We hope to teach our children to be proud Americans as well. Thanks for the follow, Cheyenne!

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    Tiffiney (Welcome Home Ministry)
    May 19, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hi Anastasia,

    I so appreciate this post. I do believe that America is a great country which in large measure is because it was founded on Biblical principals. I fly an American flag in front of my home and enjoy festively decorating my home for the 4th of July. We are a homeschooling family and our history curriculum supports that America is a great nation which was blessed by God. I am patriotic and teach patriotism to my kids. One of my sons is currently serving in the United States Marines and we are so proud of him.

    With that being said, I agree that some our founding fathers were racists. However, I do not think that statement detracts from the overall point of your post – which is to teach a love for our great country and show that our country is great because it was founded on Biblical principals. One truth does not negate the other: our founding fathers were great men with great intellect and they used the Bible as their moral compass – but they were not perfect.

    The truths that Thomas Jefferson penned in the Declaration of Independence (We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.) were noble and in keeping with the truth of Scripture – but unfortunately, they did not apply to people who look like me.

    Few of us entirely escape our times and places: Jefferson and George Washington owned slaves, and while Washington later freed his slaves, Jefferson did not. John Adams, to his credit, never owned slaves, and has been quoted as saying, “[M]y opinion against it [slavery] has always been known… [N]ever in my life did I own a slave.” —John Adams

    I am not speaking to the link you included about the handout which asked “What Does it Take to Be on Mt. Rushmore?” or the agenda behind the organization that produced it. My point is to speak specifically to racism and our founding fathers. If we are to speak the truth, we must speak the whole truth. The whole truth is that even great men are weak, and God specializes in using the weak to accomplish His will. And while there are some who believe that these men are unworthy of our attention because they owned slaves, I do not. History abounds with ironies, and certainly the founding of our nation and the issue of slavery is one of them.

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      Anastasia Safee
      May 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Slavery is definitely a stain on our nation’s history and we can all be thankful for great civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and others (Lincoln, etc…) who assisted in pulling our nation out of that moral pit. The truth needs to be told about that subject as well.

      Thankfully today, racism has been largely expunged from our society. Thanks for sharing your comments!

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    Michele Morin
    May 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I had so much fun with this when my kids were small. We made red white and blue t-shirts on Memorial Day so that we could wear them on Independence Day, I dragged them into the voting booth with me, we sang loud and patriotic with all the windows down. Why not make it just as fun and amazing as possible!

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    Leah Elwood
    May 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

    You know what’s funny? I was trying to figure out how to write about this same topic. Especially in the state America is in, patriotism is hard to teach. The defeatist attitudes I see around me with regard to the election are shocking. “Well, I better vote for X because well, that’s my only option.” The Founding Fathers, I think, would be broken-hearted at the state of our nation right now.
    Thank you for this.. It’s given me a lot to think about!!

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      Anastasia Safee
      May 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Leah, while we have some poor choices ahead of us for the general election, America has weathered worse storms in the past. We almost lost our country in the 1860’s to civil war where 600,000 Americans died fighting each other! Imagine what the average citizen must have thought during those times. Our situation is not hopeless, but to save America – we need to get Americans saved. Start with your kids 🙂

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    dawn
    May 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    “Teach your kids that loving America is just as much about condemning her sin as it is about appreciating her culture and history.” That is my favorite quote from this great post. Love does not mean that we accept or honor everything about another (person, country, etc.) It means that we want the best for them- and sometimes that means pointing out wrong behaviors.
    Thank you for linking with Grace and Truth last week!

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