Third, explain the role of civil government in acting to protect citizens.  Describe how this act of terrorism is an act of war against the people of the United States, and therefore against our country.  One of Wesley's questions to David was whether it's right to find out who did this and retaliate as a nation.  It is an opportunity to explain that the purpose of a good government is to defend its citizens and make sure that justice is served. 

Finally, use this situation to come together as a family.  We called our children at college to come home, at least for the night.  It's important to come together as fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.  God wants us to rally as families when tragedy occurs.  This is one of the privileges and amazing examples of God's design - the nuclear family - to provide protection within the family unit during times of pain and tragedy.

The recent Time Magazine article asked the question of whether home schooling was "good for America?"  This question is very disappointing to many of us.  Of course home schooling is good for our country, and develops good citizenship!  Our strength as a nation is in having strong family relationships.  If our families are strong, our children will be able to develop into competent adults.  What other kinds of citizens would we want in a land where individual self-government is still a desired requirement for American self-interest? 

If there is any silver lining in the clouds of this horrific event, it may be that we find an opportunity to strengthen our moral fiber, starting with the relationship between our children and ourselves.  May the grace of God allow this to be so!


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