An Open Letter to our New President

Dear Mr(s). President:

I write this well before the election, because I don’t want you to think that this letter is overly personal.  The things that I say and the prayer that I offer applies to you whether your name is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

I must be honest.  I have some serious doubts about your ability to handle the job.  You were not at the top of my list when this process started.  I have some major disagreements with many of your positions on the issues and challenges facing America.  You and I look at life, faith, family, and leadership from very different perspectives.

But though we disagree in many ways, I want you to know something that is personal and important and that I hope will be very encouraging to you.

I will pray for you.

I pray that God will give you wisdom.  I pray that God will help you to lead this country effectively.  I pray that you will be able to deal with the many issues facing this country and the entire world.  I pray for your safety and for your family and your health.  I pray that I will be pleasantly surprised with your ability to lead this nation effectively and that you will be a highly successful president.

Once the election is over and you are inaugurated, I will accept you as my president.  I will not call you names, nor will I lie about you or put you down in any way.  When I disagree with you—and I know I will, because I have strong opinions about many things and that is my right as a citizen of this country—I will do so respectfully.

You are the President of the country that I love.  I pray that you will be worthy of that position and that you will be an excellent leader.

With God’s love,

Pastor Jack Marslender

About Pastor Jack

Pastor Jack Marslender is the pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale. He is married (Dawn) and is the father of Tina, Rebecca, Kimberly, Melinda, Angela, Maria, Kenneth, Kevin, and Lorissa. He is also the grandfather of Wyatt, Emilie, Everett, Olivia, Dylan, Charlotte, and Aiden.
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