It was an early morning for us today. We woke up at 6:00 am to watch the 59th Presidential Inauguration. What an amazing opportunity for our little kindergartener and first grader to learn about leadership and government!
We watched former presidents, special guests and the elected candidates arrive. We sang the National Anthem and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. We listened to the President and Vice-President take their oaths to serve the country in accordance with the Constitution. We sang America, the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, and Amazing Grace. We listened to the Inauguration Poem. We were full of respect for all those in the inaugural parade. We admired the amazing gifts given to 46th President Biden and Vice-President Harris.
Throughout the day, we colored pictures of President Biden, the White House, the USA Flag and completed a wordsearch along with other fun worksheets. We talked about God and what he says about government.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. – 1 Peter 2: 13-14
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. – Romans 13:1-6
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! – Acts 5:29
At the end of the day, I asked our children, “What did you learn?”
First grader: “It is important and good that the President believes in God.“
Kindergartner: “Many people were presidents of the United States and came together to help each other.”
It was a good day to learn what inauguration is all about and what God says about our governing authorites.
Here is a great resource for kids (and adults) about the U.S. Presidential Inauguration: