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
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