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Generation Joshua: A call to action
As the homeschooling movement continues to mature, it is evident that parents' devotion to training their children has produced young men and women of characteryoung people who can rise up and become heroes of faith in the next generation. Hebrews 11 describes such heroes: "Who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight" (Hebrews 11:33-34, NASB).
Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress.
James Garfield, 20th U.S. President
As homeschoolers, we need to look beyond SAT scores and socialization skills. We should ask ourselves: Are we working righteousness and administering justice? Are we fighting valiantly to defend the weak? Are we guarding the rights that allow us to live in peace and freedom?
Today, more than ever, America needs people of sound character in the public arena. Homeschooled children have the spiritual foundation to stand up and engage the culture. They have the confidence to go into the public arena and be advocates for citizenship and morality. In training up children in godliness and righteousness, homeschooling parents have raised up a "Joshua generation" to "take back the land," to be salt and light in this great nation, to return America to its Judeo-Christian roots. Because of this, Home School Legal Defense Association has launched the Generation Joshua program.
Generation Joshua will provide a vehicle for homeschoolers to become even more active in the political process and stewardship of the United States, and to learn more about our country through hands-on experience.
The Generation Joshua program is comprised of the Liberty Project and the Student Project. With an emphasis on patriotism and America's godly heritage, the Liberty Project's goal is to educate young people in the original intent of our Founding Fathers and to instill in them a desire to be good stewards of this great country. Seminars, summer conferences, and online training are some of the events being planned for the Liberty Project.
The Student Project, fully funded by HSLDA's federal political action committee, will provide young people the opportunity to turn their knowledge into action by volunteering in political races on behalf of conservative candidates. In the fall of 2002, seven teams of homeschool and Christian college students worked on federal House and Senate races across America, phone-banking, literature-dropping, and campaigning. Of those seven races, six were victorious. It quickly became evident that dedicated young people could positively impact the political world. The Student Project will follow this model, helping tomorrow's leaders elect the leaders of today.
James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, once wrote,
Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture and the morality of the nation did not aid in controlling the political forces.
The homeschool movement, in many ways, does represent the enterprise, culture and morality of this nation. We can play a vital role in electing men and women who will enact pro-family legislation, who will seek to protect our religious freedoms, and who will reject judicial activism. The time has come for the Joshua generation to rise up, to fight the giants of our day, and to win great victories.
For more information on involvement, go to www.generationjoshua.org.