January 27, 2021
President Biden and Vice President Harris,
I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you both on the opportunity to serve in this important leadership role for these United States of America. The days ahead will not be easy for you or your staff. You remain in my prayers.
You have been in office now just over a week. There have been no shortage of tasks to complete, phone calls to make, or strategies to consider. You serve in a role that many others have served in since the inception of our democratic republic. You stand on the shoulders of some good leaders and some bad leaders. You have an opportunity to do what you expressed that you wanted to do in your campaign, which was to unify the divided nation. What a humbling opportunity!
In your efforts to unite the American people, please remember that you serve as the executive leaders of both those who voted for you and the more than 70 million who voted for the other candidate. Please remember that you are entrusted with limited power. Ultimately, there is only one Sovereign over all people and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. I encourage you to seek God’s will as you both make decisions each day.
Protect and defend our constitution. Protect and defend those who cannot do so for themselves, including the unborn, the aged, and the diversity of minority peoples. Prioritize policies that will benefit all Americans, not just those who agree with you politically. Be cautious as you administer executive orders. The American people are tired of executive orders whether they come from mayors, governors, congressional leaders, or presidents. We have an amazing liberty and privilege as American citizens. Never forget all that our founding fathers endured, never forget what Washington’s troops endured to set the foundation for our nation.
Truly, we are but one nation under God. I am thankful to live here and experience freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and all the other freedoms we have come to enjoy. The American people value ordered liberty.
My prayer for you both is that you will recognize your place as leaders of this great nation. More importantly, I pray that you both experience transformation by encountering the Jesus of the New Testament. You can only lead well if you allow God to lead you.
I conclude this open letter with a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer and the Revised Common Lectionary.
“Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”