After President Barack Obama’s 5th State of the Union address, I felt compelled to write the following letter:
Dear Mr. President:
I first would like to thank you for your sincere leadership and dedication to our nation. While all Presidents get their portion of criticism, I believe you have experienced unprecedented levels of disrespect of any President. There is no justification of such behavior yet you’ve maintained your position with class and dignity. You are a tremendous and unique individual who I believe (just like a loving father) has our best interest at heart.
With that said, after listening to your 5th State of the Union Address I am concerned of hearing more of the same. Your speech was filled with great ideals and promises, but if history repeats itself, your administration will be lite on the deliverables. I do understand that executing an agenda requires support from both sides of the aisle. However, I believe there is something greater needed that I would like you to consider.
Every politician embraces the statement “GOD BLESS YOU” and “GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. We know this is common rhetoric and I think we can agree that our nation has been blessed from its inception. Given your thrust for economic equality for all Americans, the questions I would ask you to reflect on Mr. President are the following:
v Can a nation lose the blessing of God? If so, what would bring that about?
v Conversely, what will not only bring the blessing of God but sustain His Blessings?
Now Mr. President, I know you are a Christian and I trust you embrace the bible as God’s inerrant Holy Word (which even from an intellectual perspective the evidence is overwhelming of the supernatural authorship of the 66 books having One Voice). As a Christian, I implore you to search the scriptures concerning the 2 questions above. I would recommend beginning with the book of Judges and look at Israel’s History. There are both scriptural and historical examples that I am certain would bring more clarity as you continue to lead our nation.
While this letter reveals that I clearly have conservative values, I am a registered independent. I recognize strengths in both parties and sincerely desire to see God continue to BLESS America. Unfortunately, I am not very confident in that at the moment. Your platform has been one of inspiration and hope. Without a sense of God’s blessing towards our future as a nation, there is no hope. We can’t be confident in His blessings if we embrace what He clearly contradicts.
What would be a great encouragement is knowing that our President is making time in his schedule for a daily briefing with the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of the Ages. You are a courageous man Mr. President and have worked hard to establish change in areas that were not popular. This ability to take a stand on certain issues and follow through despite their popularity is a tremendous attribute. Please make sure that the stands you are taking are not in opposition towards God.
I would love to have a brief discourse with you around some of the pressing issues that I believe have both a direct and indirect impact on the future of our nation… Issues ranging from the Middle East to economic recovery. Of course I know that is not likely but I am committed to praying for you in the context of this letter. According to Romans 13:1, you are GOD’S MAN for this nation. That is both an honor and a tremendous burden as you will also have to give an account before God on how you served the American people with the 8 years you were given. This can be a tremendous year of “breakthrough” as you mentioned in the State of the Union ONLY if God truly BLESSES your effort. Remember, IF GOD BE FOR YOU, WHO CAN BE AGAIST YOU? (Romans 8:31 ). I honestly believe that your prayers and decisions based on Godly council will be the keys to HELP and not HINDER or nation’s progress.
I will conclude with this passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” If you have the strength and courage to lead our people in this way, you will leave a legacy for this nation untouched in recent history.
Mr. President, We Need The Blessing of God.
Gerard W. Henry