MS Civics

Sevenstar

Course Description:
Learning about civics gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to be active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. In this rich, biblically integrated course, students explore the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the Bible and the United States, Christianity’s influence on the Founding Fathers, and the structure of the U.S. government and how it works at the local, state, and federal levels. They also examine elections, the lawmaking process, and how citizens can impact public policy. Students then discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world. Geography, economics, and theology support the learning of civics in this course. Engaging in this study prepares students to be informed citizens who are ready to participate in the American democracy—both for the common good and the glory of God!

Recommended Prerequisites:
None

Grade Level:
7th Grade recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • Honors track available

Biblical Integration Information:
1. Creation: The doctrine of creation has had a deep and abiding influence on civics and government, especially in Western countries like the U.S. For starters, its insistence that humans have been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–28) has led to the creation of laws and institutions that protect human dignity, advance human equality, and oppose human slavery. Its contention that humans have been created with free will has also led to the promotion and defense of religious freedom. And finally, its claim that Earth is God’s “good”—even “very good”—creation (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31) has inspired efforts to steward it, both locally and on a global scale.
2. Fall: The doctrine of sin has left its mark on Western government as well. It teaches that humans are sinful and that sinners often corrupt the power that is entrusted to them (Genesis 3; Romans 1:18—3:20). As James Madison once wrote, “If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary” (Federalist Papers, no. 51). But as it is, humans in their fallen state need such controls. This has led to the creation of governments characterized by federalism, checks and balances, and the separation of powers.
3. Redemption: Between creation, fall, and redemption, the latter has undoubtedly had the greatest impact on Western civics. Indeed, the related concepts of salvation, justice, and covenant are prominent in the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact—two of the most influential documents on the Founding Fathers. But the doctrine’s influence is not just historical. It also extends to the present day. For example, it calls Christians today to both constructively engage the world and to courageously confront it whenever needed. This includes obeying our authorities and doing good (Titus 3:1); paying taxes (Mark 12:13–17); being “salt” and “light” (Matthew 5:13–16); and resisting idolatry (1 John 5:21). It also includes earning a living by ordinary work (1 Thessalonians 4:11–12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13); praying for and seeking the welfare of our governments (Jeremiah 29:7; 1 Timothy 2:1–4); and growing in civic virtue, especially the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). For some of us, it might even include working directly for the state—just as Joseph, Esther, Daniel, and Erastus in the Bible did.

Required Purchased Materials:
None