An Elective Education: Teaching Your Preteen about Citizenship by GG Mathis


This season, if preteens aren’t hearing political messages on TV, they are seeing them plastered on bus stops, yard signs, t-shirts, and Internet banner ads. You can use campaign season as a teaching tool to help your preteen understand what the Bible teaches about Christian citizenship.

Let your preteen know what the Bible says about citizenship. During your family Bible time—or at any other appropriate moment—share these Scriptures with your preteen:

You must not blaspheme God or curse a leader among your people. Exodus 22:28 (HCSB)

Then He said to them, “Therefore give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matt 22:21 (HCSB)

Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. Romans 13:1 (HCSB)

Use a searchable Bible study site or concordance to find other Scriptures about government and citizenship.

Let your preteen see your good example. Register to vote and do so. Invite your preteen to accompany you to the polls. Pay your taxes and explain how local, state, and government entities use the funds—especially in ways that benefit your community. As you have opportunity, involve your family in beneficial community events.

Let your preteen know where you stand. As local and state issues arise for voter approval, explain how you intend to vote and why. Encourage your preteen to ask questions and to express her thoughts on candidates, issues, and elections. Begin now to prepare your preteen to be an informed, ethical, thinking voter.

Let your preteen hear you pray for your nation. Paul urged Christians to pray diligently for “for kings and all those who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2). He reminded his readers that God wants all people to be saved and follow His truth—sovereigns, senators, and school boards. Many of us are guilty of complaining about our leaders instead of praying for them. As a family and on your own, ask God to bless, guide, and transform our nation’s leaders.

GG Mathis loves her family, writing, kids (especially preteens), and tea! She is a mom and wife in Joplin, Missouri, when her family endured the deadly tornado that wrecked their town in 2011.


LifeWay is MORE than excited about our new curriculum for preteens, FLYTE. If you’re looking for some great topics to touch on with your preteen group, go watch this video and then consider learning some more about FLYTE.

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