A Letter to the Next President

Dear Mr. President (whomever you may be),

First, let me say that I do not envy your job. It is difficult to run a household, much less a country. I think most of us fail to understand just how much stress you must be under. We don’t get to see the sleepless nights, and the pressure you face from many different angles. Regardless of whether I agree with you on a host of different issues, I want you to know that I respect your position. God allowed you to hold this post, and He is ultimately in control.

Our nation is obsessed with how well you are doing. Our opinion of your administration is reflected in approval ratings on the nightly news.  The statistics rise and fall. You are reminded on a daily basis whether or not the nation is happy with your policies and procedures. I pray that you do not become overly concerned with winning our approval. Sure, we all want approval; it bolsters the pride and increases the self esteem.   Instead of clamoring for the approval of millions of Americans with divergent views, what if, instead, you lead our country in such a way that demands and maintains our respect? I understand this is a tall order, but it can be done. It has been done, though by few.

To earn the respect of the people you lead and keep it, there must be consistency between what you say and what you do. While there are those that bury their heads in the sand, most watch to see if your words match your actions. People can never respect a man that talks out of both sides of his mouth.

What if you were to conduct your public life the same way you conduct your private life? Could you be transparent with the world? If there are no secrets there can be no lies, cover ups, or scandals. If you continue to walk with integrity people will have no choice but to respect the man you are, and thus the position that you hold.

Mr. President, might I remind you that you cannot drive people, they must be lead. Yet, people will be hesitant to follow you unless you lead by example. You cannot ask people to buy into ideas that you yourself do not believe in. If you want people to adhere to the law, you yourself must abide by the law. If you want us to be concerned about this country, then you must show us the concern that you have. If you want us to work toward reducing the deficit then you must stop spending. We cannot get out of a whole by digging out the bottom. If you want America to be concerned about the plight of those less fortunate why don’t you lead the way? Why not devote 20-30% of your salary to helping people that are underprivileged? With all due respect, talk is incredibly cheap.

Would you please be reminded that the position you hold is a stewardship? You have been entrusted with, what many would consider, the most powerful and influential position in the world. At the risk of sounding trite, would you please keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility? Please be a good steward of the title you hold. Don’t defame it.

You are definitely responsible to the American people, but ultimately you are responsible to God. He has exalted you to the position that you hold. The job that you hold is not one you can do alone. If you rely on your own wisdom expect failure. Would you be willing to seek God in all decisions that you make? Will you look to Him for guidance? I pray that you do.

I would also like to remind you that your personally morality reflects on this nation. If you live an immoral lifestyle how can you hold the American people to a different standard? Do not defame this great country by willingly embracing depravity behind closed doors. The poor personal moral decisions that you make eventually trickle down and affect those under your leadership.

Also, know that ideas have consequences. Words have meaning. Before you tear down certain fences please consider why those before you constructed them. Ask yourself why we have supported Israel for so many years. What will the consequences be if we turn our backs on them? Why were certain laws instead to begin with? What did our founders hold important? Why did they believe in what they penned in the constitution?

We understand that church and state must be separated. There should never be any government sanctioned religion. How one wants to believe and worship is a private matter. This does not mean that government should abandon making any moral pronouncements. Please remember the words of Alexis de Tocqueville, “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

Please know that you will continually be in our prayers, and that we are all utterly dependent on God. One day we will all give an account of our lives. All that is done in secret will be brought to light.

May the grace of our God be with you.

Walk good. Live wise. Be blessed.

What message do you have for the next president? Be heard!

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