Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18, 19 (NIV)
Tomorrow begins my 25th year (more or less) of Camp Curry with my grandchildren. Two sets of grandchildren have already grown up and will hopefully someday have their own version of summer camp with their children and grandchildren. Camp Curry has two objectives: First, I get to have my grandchildren all to myself and secondly, most importantly, I get to demonstrate godly principles set in an atmosphere of creative fun.
It seems appropriate during this political season to focus on our country: its symbols, its patriotic music, the branches and functions of government, and our rights and responsibilities as citizens. What better time will I have for emphasizing the need to pray for our country and invoke God’s protection (Psalm 127:1)? What a great time to teach the grands that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). And, with all the disrespect characterizing national discourse, I will remind the children that God sets up governments for his own purposes (Romans 13:1). It is our responsibility as citizens to be obedient and to pray and work for change, when needed.
Of course, we will talk about our nation’s history and how we were birthed by many people seeking religious freedom. So many of those early settlers and explorers were Christians and missionaries. We’ll talk about the sacrifices that people made to give us the freedoms we enjoy today and what we must do to preserve those.
There will be videos and books and art and field trips to reinforce our learning times. Actually, I shall use subversive means so that the children don’t even know they are being taught. I’m hoping they go home just thinking they had a great time at Mimi’s while these little seeds continue to be watered and fed at home by Mom and Dad who are also subversive teachers.
We’ll have a trip for flag-spotting, a visit to the White House (yes, someone built a replica here in South Texas), and other surprises throughout the week. Did I mention we’ll have chicken, red/white/blue ice cream, hotdogs, French fries, red/white/blue cupcakes (with sprinkles), and lots of other goodies? You get the idea. Mom and Dad can do the organic healthy foods when they go home.
Jesus told us we should first be witnesses in Jerusalem (home), Judea (neighborhood), Samaria (outreach), and the ends of the world—in that order (Acts 1:8). Sometimes we skip right over Jerusalem thinking the ends of the world are more needful, but that’s not what Jesus said. I’m taking off work this week to be in Jerusalem.
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Father, prepare our hearts for what you want to do in us this week. May you be glorified. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.