An Open Letter to Our President

Dear President Obama, 

Many people are blaming you for the state of our country.  Maybe they’re right.  Maybe they’re wrong.  It’s easy to place blame on others especially those in power.  So what if unemployment is still at an all time high and our economy is still faltering?  Why should that be your problem?   After all, we’ve been heading in this direction for a long time, probably since before you were born, but let’s not talk about your birth.  I know that’s a touchy subject. 

 Some are comparing you to former President Jimmy Carter.  Is that really fair?  He was living in a time of high gas prices and a volatile situation in a country known for terrorism.  You are dealing with even higher gas prices and volatile situations in several countries known for terrorism.  The comparison is hardly equal.    

 You promised the American people change.  You might just be the only President to have actually fulfilled a campaign promise in the amount of time it took to take the oath of office.  We are definitely living in a different country than the one we lived in five years ago.  No longer do we believe that people can make a difference.  We have been indoctrinated to believe that government can solve all of our problems from healthcare to finances.   I was taught that money was earned, but your administration is teaching our young people that money can be gained by manipulation and deceit.  

 We may be called the “United” States of America, but we have never been more divided.   Not only do we have Republicans and Democrats, we have conservatives and liberals within the two parties.  We are divided over issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.  We can’t even find common ground in the debate over illegal immigration.

The real problem is that those of us who call ourselves Christians failed to take a stand for Christ when called upon to do so.  When Roe v. Wade was being decided making abortion legal, where were we?  When the Supreme Court decided to remove prayer from public schools, where were we?  Where were we when Hollywood started inching closer and closer to the edge of immorality and vulgarity?   The answer:  sitting comfortably in our pew at church or in our favorite chair in our living room. 

 I believe God still performs miracles.  I only hope it’s not too late.  I am praying for you, Mr. President, primarily for wisdom to guide this wayward country, but also that you would continue to listen to the American people, but this time you will actually hear what we have to say.  Your job is difficult.  You have the weight of the world on your shoulders.  God only knows how you hold up under the pressure. 

 Thank you for showing us anyone can be President.  It just takes hard work, a little charm and charisma, and people who stand by you no matter what.  I am impatiently waiting for November, 2012.  I am curious to see what the turnout will be.  Will Christians choose to walk down the path of least resistance or will they forge a new path marked by courage and common sense?  Time will tell.


Jill Jones


About Pondering Life from a Railroad Town

Married to a genius, mom to two daughters, living life in a railroad town. Struggling to balance a family, a job, housework, and a life. Blessed beyond measure
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2 Responses to An Open Letter to Our President

  1. Pat W. Kirk says:

    Hi Jill:
    I agree with you in most of your post, but I do have one difference with you. You say Christians have sat by while the country fails. I’ve been an adult probably your whole life. I and most of the Christians I know have voted our conscience, stood on street corners carrying a sign saying “Adoption is the loving option” in response to each new abortion law, and signed petitions. Now we watch helplessly as the other side turns the US into Sodom and Gomorrah, while we follow our consciences. We must keep doing that, but the world must get worse and worse as the God of heaven prepares us for the final return of Christ.

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