The Election is the Lesson: “for such a time as this”

Joyce Kinmont,
LDS Home Educators Assn, since 1990

Many years ago, Diane Hopkins from wrote an article titled “The Baby is the Lesson.”  I don’t remember what the article said, but the title said volumes.  Regular schoolwork goes on auto-pilot or minimum schedule or is set aside all together while the most important lessons of life are learned.  What better teaching experience could there be?

Americans seem to have come alive with the recognition that the upcoming election is the most important election of our lifetime.  The presidential debates — the first one is being held tomorrow — is important and homeschoolers should watch and discuss it. 

Over the weekend I received a message from my good friend, Gayle Ruzicka, who is as constitutionally-minded a lady as you will ever meet and a long-time homeschooler and protector of homeschooling rights.  Her powerful influence can be measured by the way the media is always interviewing her about legislative matters, by the editorials written for and against her, and by the threats and hate mail she gets from certain groups.  Gayle was never a strong Romney supporter because Romney was not a strong conservative.  Now she, like so many others, has taken a deeper look and is wholeheartedly supporting him. Her endorsement means a lot.

I am also satisfied that Romney is the man for our day.  President Benson used to say that America is the Lord’s base of operations, and the first rule of warfare is to protect your base.  I have to think that if there are enough good people and the Constitution is to be saved, surely the Lord would want a spiritual, faithful leader?  Romney may need some informed citizen pressure here and there, and he needs a constitutional congress to work with him, but he is up to the job and the alternative is unthinkable.  Here is Gayle’s email note (emphasis hers):

Dear Friends,

Please join Don and myself as we join with thousands of good people across this nation in a special day of fast and prayer for Mitt Romney on Sunday, September 30. 
Mitt and his family need our prayers and support.  The first presidential debate will be [tomorrow], October 3, and we need to pray for Mitt’s success at the debate.  We need to pray that Mitt will have the strength and endurance necessary to survive the next 6 weeks.
We must have a change in the White House.  I am concerned that freedom cannot not survive for 4 more years if the current administration remains.

God loves the United States of America and he wants us to be successful as a nation. I believe if we do all that we can through our hard work and prayers in behalf of Mitt Romney that miracles will happen and through God’s grace this nation will be saved.
Can you imagine the power of a fast with thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of people from all religious beliefs and churches joining together in prayer for the salvation of our country through the election of Mitt Romney?  Remember Esther Chapter 6 when Esther asked her people to “fast for me?”  They did and a nation was saved.
Please contact all your friends and family everywhere and ask them to join with us in this special day of fast.  Ask them to contact all of their friends.  Take this message to the churches. You can forward this email or compose your own.
I am so excited to be a part of this time in history, to have this special opportunity to stand for liberty.  Who knows that just maybe we are here for “such a time as this.”
Thank you,
Gayle Ruzicka

I received Gayle’s message a second time when it was forwarded by Oak Norton, a former Ron Paul supporter.  You may not know Oak, but he is probably the leading voice in opposition to Common Core.  You may not know what Common Core is, but you can learn about it on Oak’s website, Utah’s Republic .  Just look for articles on the right sidebar.  Common Core is the complete nationalization of education, which is the complete antithesis of liberty.  It will result in the end of homeschooling, and I can hardly think about what it will mean to our children.  Mitt Romney does not support Common Core.  Here is the note Oak added to Gayle’s email:

For any of you that feel like participating in this, I will be. Many of you are Ron Paul supporters like myself. Many of you were frustrated at the treatment he received by the GOP. I know I was. However, one thing is clear and that is the president has a definite motive to destroy America. His agenda is to tear us down and implement a fundamental change that would negate the constitution. Mitt Romney has some big government tendencies but he loves America. He’s also a good person at heart who loves God and I believe with that characteristic in the office of President, he will be open to inspiration because this country needs it more than ever if we are going to turn things around. Mitt turned around Massachusetts’ finances while he was in office, and my hope is that he can do the same for this country. We all know we need it and we all know we’re not going to get it from our current president who is actively trying to push us further into debt.

I was not home on Saturday so I couldn’t send this message out on time, but fasting and prayer is going on all over this country and will continue.  There are many perspectives out there, so please be patient where there are disagreements.  And please be very serious about the consequences of this election.

Incidentally, Gayle was at the Republican convention and was well aware of the mischief that happened there against Ron Paul.  It was not Mitt’s doing; he was campaigning in a different state at the time.

I will post as much information as I am able between now and the election. I hope you will take it in the spirit in which it is offered.  We are living in a historic time.

On 9-11 you probably spent the day in front of your television, maybe many days.  You may remember that flags were seen everywhere; you probably put one up in your front yard.  My daughter Tina was homeschooling in Salt Lake City at that time, and life stopped for them.  Even though they knew no one in the buildings, they clung to every piece of information. The event became the lesson. To focus her children, who were fairly young, on something positive, she had them make thank you cards for the New York City police and firefighters.  Then they put out a call for other children to make cards.  They put drop boxes in local libraries.  The tv news reported the effort.  Twelve hundred cards were collected by Tina and her children and sent to New York City through the Red Cross.  

This year an ambassador and three others were killed on 9-11 and the White House lied about it.  This month the election is the lesson.  We fought a spiritual battle over liberty before and we were valiant then; we are fighting for liberty again here on earth, both spiritually and physically.  Who shall be our Captain?  Who shall be his warriors?

Study from true sources, pray, fast if you can, and ask the Lord what you should lay on the altar.  The election is the lesson.  Our role in saving the Constitution and all that it stands for is the lesson. God bless us.

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