An Open Letter to President Obama

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UnknownDear Mr. President,

As you enter your final year in office, I’d like to thank you for your service and work. I do not pretend to know the stress, difficulties, and pressures associated with your position, but I imagine they are more difficult than most of us realize. Thank you for enduring eight years of criticism from both those who agree and disagree with you. I’m sure you realize and remember it’s always easier to criticize those in leadership and rarely does anyone say thank you. There is a hypothetical discussion among people, “What would you do if the President walked in here today.” I’d shake your hand and say, “Thank you Mr. President.” I realized quite some years ago you make decisions all the time with information I have no access too. I’ve had to make those decisions too and perception unfortunately rules social media and news outlets creating unjust criticism. It’s one of the sacrifices leaders have to make.

Mr. President, I pray for you. I pray God grants you the wisdom needed to make the right decisions to lead our country well. Now this is a general prayer and I often elaborate on this prayer. I’d like to share the details.

First, I pray for you personally. You are precious in God’s eyes. So precious He sent His Son to die on your behalf. Yet because you are a political leader; as president, you are actually mentioned in Scripture. Psalm 2 says Jesus, the Christ will reign and every king, prime minister, president, queen, or head of state is required to bow down and worship Him. Now to be fair, this is required of every living person on earth, politician or not; but Psalm 2 interests us here because it specifically deals with you. The psalmist says in the opening verses that kings work together to thwart the Lord and His anointed Jesus Christ. But God responds and says His Son will rule and nothing can stop this (8). So to think we could bring Jesus down is silly, in fact, God laughs at the very idea we could thwart His sovereign rule (Psalm 2:4).

After declaring Jesus king and guaranteeing his rule, the Psalm concludes with this exhortation to you, “Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” (Psalm 2:10-12).

The final warning encourages you to take seriously Jesus sovereignty. He commands you to worship Him. In fact, every action, thought, command, and decision should honor Him. Jesus wants you to be a believer — meaning you need to have faith in Him, follow Him, submit to Him, and obey Him.

Now to be honest, I do not know if you are a believer? But I pray when you meet Jesus someday, you will hear the words, “Job well done good and faithful servant.” I want to sit next to you in heaven, have coffee together, and praise the Savior for His salvation in our lives. I have no desire for your destruction or His wrath to be poured out on you. I pray you’re not a president the Lord laughs at, but one He looks at as His child, adopted into His family, forgiven, with an imperishable inheritance reserved in heaven for us.

Because I don’t know your heart, I pray you rise every day looking to honor Him and lay down every night praising Him for the salvation we have and the grace He gives us. At death it will not matter what treaties, laws, or decisions (good or bad) you made purely for our country. Your view of Christ means everything. I pray you view Him as Lord and Savior, exhibited by your every action. God’s children find no value in how we compare to others our profession because the greatest blessing we have is our relationship with Christ. To really be blessed is to be saved. That is the summary of my prayer for you. “Lord, may President Obama know the blessing and hope of finding refuge in you.”

If you do not know the Lord, but acknowledge you need His salvation, then I pray you confess your sinfulness and sins, place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, then turn from your sins and follow Him. I pray you seek godly leaders who preach the Word and can disciple you. For the problem is in us, but the solution is outside of us in Christ Jesus!

Second, admittedly my prayer turns a little more political. I pray you lead in such a way so that I may lead a quiet life in all godliness and dignity. I pray your leadership decisions will not hinder my relationship with Christ nor cause me to have to disobey the government in order to maintain my worship to the Lord. I thank the Lord for the freedoms and rights we have in America. I pray you continue to defend those so that we may continue to worship the Lord uninterrupted in our daily lives. I pray the Lord provides you all the right knowledge so that you will make wise decisions while leading our country. Yet I even pray, when you do make mistakes, that it will not hinder Americans from leading a quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

Thank you sir for your service and sacrifices for this country. Happy Presidents day. Please know on this day, you are being prayed for and that we love you.

Sincerely,

Jason Vaughn

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