Every human person God created is endowed with the ability to self-govern, and we as Americans must protect that right by law. In order to do that, we must learn the nature of government. Government is the flow of power and force. Government is both external—in our communities, states, and our national capital—or internal within our persons. The Constitutional Republic we enjoy in the United States of America is a beacon of liberty to the entire world because it limits the external structure of its government to enable individual self-government.
God is the source of all government and has given us the guide to be governed properly under Christ.
Internally, self-government has the same three powers as external government: the ability to plan or legislate, the ability to do or execute what is planned, and the ability to evaluate or judge action.
Children learn from an early age the consequences of actions. They must also learn how to channel that power to self-govern that is God-given.
Teach the children:
- To thoughtfully plan how they will choose to act in accord with the model of Christ
- To act only on the right that they know from their conscience, and to plan to never do what is wrong.
- To evaluate their own action and attitudes for future planning.
For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. He will save us.Isaiah 33:22 (ESV)
The Christian History of Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self-Government, compiled by Verna M. Hall, The Foundation for American Christian Education, 1960.
Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History: The Principle Approach, by Rosalie J. Slater, The Foundation for American Christian Education, 1965.