Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This craze over the President's speech to school children makes me sad. Just the statuses on facebook alone have shocked me...then there's the news....UGH!

I think it's great for a president to encourage our school children. I'm glad that President Reagan started the practice of talking to our school children. What? A republican has done it too!? YES and guess what so did Bush. And Democrats freaked about Republican's are freaking over Obama doing it.
Sad I think.
Is Obama my favorite president. Nope. Did I love and adore and agree with all Bush did. Nope.

But my question is this....when is the last time you GENUINELY prayed for President Obama?

I Timothy 2:1-2
1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

I wonder when is the last time you gave thanks to God for our President? Whether it be Bush or Obama.

I'll be honest I'm horrid at remembering such things. But I need to do better. I need to show my children a better example of praying for the authorities. I don't want them to grow up negative and with 'dooms day' attitudes when someone they didn't vote for gets elected. I want them to know that no matter what comes in their lives they have a faithful God who will be there to hear their prayers.
Is that the message I'm sending??

I you haven't watched it, I encourage you to. I will be showing it to my children today.
WHAT? A Mommy who lives in the south, Christian conservative, that homeschools and doesn't have to show them the 'dreaded speech' that so many kept their kids out of school so they wouldn't have to watch it -
is showing it to her kids BY CHOICE?! YES I AM!
And we will be following the video with a prayer for PRESIDENT Obama and our country and our country's children! And we will be sure to include a prayer of thanks that Obama took the time to encourage the children in this country. So many do not have supportive parents who take a genuine interest in their children's education. As a foster parent and from volunteering a ton in my kids public school when they were there I know that to be true. So I don't think having a president whether republican or or white...encourging children to stay in school is a bad thing at all. Was his speech changed because of the public's reaction. Probably...and I'll be thankful for that too, because I think this was a great speech!


Tricia said...

I agree with your viewpoint here. Though I have not decided if I will show it to both of my children or just the bday girl. I am not sure her sister could process all of that coming at her at once.

Sandra said...

Wonderful post. It has saddened me the last few days that our country has become so polarized that a positive attempt to encourage all children to achieve would be turned into a political battle. You did what a responsible parent should do; you checked it out, assessed it with an open mind, and used it as just one more tool to help your children.
Thanks, also, for the reminder to pray for Obama and all our leaders. God loves them just as he loves you and me.

Amber said...

Eloquently stated. I didn't care one way or the other about the speech. We never watch TV around here and I am not on Facebook so I am like living back in the cave man When I heard about the speech coming up I didn't think one way or the other knowing we don't ever turn the TV on. I figured it would be on the internet somewhere and we'd watch it there. So, thanks for posting it. We've been so busy with school and bmx'ing that I haven't been on.
And i agree, we should pray for ALL the leaders of the countries. We are fortunate to live where we do. We should give thanks for that as well.

EmileeHopeBinkleyTurner said...

Great post! I haven't watched the video yet, but I plan to. I think it is sad that politics in general seem to be so much about fighting (and petty name calling on both sides) about our differences instead of working to find a solution to issues so that we can cultivate a better life for everyone. I know that we can't have a perfect world-but there are so many things to be thankful for-like having the freedom to have those differences of opinions.

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

Thanks you guys. This issue has just been driving me crazy. And gets so heated. Politics drive me batty! The thought that you MUST be on one side or the other and can't dare support someone not on 'your side' or what not....ARRGGHHH....
We are a country divided for sure and it seems to me it's getting worse. I pray I'm wrong though! But to keep kids out of school so they don't see a speech on the value of education, I find so so sad (and completely ironic)!

Andy's Bethy said...

My sis and I (not Emilee, one of the other ones!) were talking today how everyone insists you have to either love Obama or hate him. There is nothing in the middle. Politics, and politicians, are a mess, truly.
I think my kids are a little young to sit through the speech, but it seems to be something worth having "out there". Everything with a grain of salt - that is what I am trying to teach my kids anyway. Absolutely everything they hear, from anyone, needs to be taken to God before it is accepted as truth. And you can learn something from everyone, even if you disagree.

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

Precisely Bethany!