Today, I grieve that the President did not heed my others plea to reconsider his stance on abortion. If he had, Elena Kagan would never have been nominated or admitted to the Supreme Court. The Judgement of God draws closer for our nation as such decisions are made. Below is a letter I wrote to the President after his inauguration.
January 22, 2009
Dear President Obama,
atul ations on your election to President of the and inheritor of the unofficial title of "Leader of the Free World." May God give you gre United St ates of America atgrace and stamina in the days ahead as you seek to lead the n ation in these troubled times.
On the last Sunday of 2008, I had the honor of preaching the last message of the year in an
African-American Churchin your home st ate of . It was a privilege and honor for my wife and I to be the lone white faces in a sea of excited black and brown Americans who look with hope and joy Illinois atthe election of the first African-American President in our n ation's history.
I want you to know th
atyou have my respect and will have my prayers for both your safety and th atof your family and for the effectiveness of your administr ation. I have been touched by the love you express not only for your wife but for the joys of your family and the precious treasures th atGod has entrusted to you in your daughters. From all th atI know, Sasha and Malia have a f ather to whom they can look with pride and love. I praise God for your model of love for their mother and joy in their achievements and growth in character.
For the next four years and beyond I will be one of your most fervent prayer warriors. I will lead the people th
atGod entrusts to me in my church to honor and respect you and to pray for you and all the challenges of the sacred trust th atyou have taken upon yourself in the years ahead.
Today, I read something on the news wires th
atwill only increase the fervency of my prayer for you. My admir ation is not diminished but I am disappointed in wh atI read. You were quoted today with the following:
"On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring th
atour daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class educ ation; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be tre ated fairly and paid equally for their work and to have no limits on their dreams," Obama said. "Th atis wh atI want for women everywhere."
Mr. President, I want you to know th
atin this quote I recognize not just the gre atrhetoric for which you are famous, but a heart th attruly wants the best for the women of our n ation. I applaud your desires. I share them. I have three daughters and one son and I want for each of them wh atyou have expressed in this extremely well phrased paragraph. But Mr. President, I don't understand why you see abortion as a necessary means to this end.
Abortion is a stain upon our character as a n
ation and a scar th atis leaving a p ath of consequences th atl atter gener ations are going to look back upon as a gross injustice. God himself will one day judge us for this cosmic crime against the children th athe has given to us. As the Scripture says, He is the opener and closer of wombs. I plead with you my President, search the Scripture, think through the science, listen to counselors who are not in debt to special interests on either side of the aisle, take some time atCamp David and seek the face of God on this issue.
During the week leading up to your historic inaugur
ation, you attempted to give honor in many ways to the President who had a found ational role in moving our country down the p ath th atled to your election. Abraham Lincoln once had a meeting with Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Mrs. Stowe was short in st ature and President Lincoln towered over her (just as you tower over so many both physically and in raw political talent). The Civil War was two years old attheir meeting. His greeting to her was telling.
“So this is the little lady who started this gre
I quote below a paragraph from an article from Kairos Journal th
atgives a summary of her life, motiv ation and impact:
"In the end, Stowe saw herself as a weak thing of the world used to shame the wise.2 Through it all, she faced formidable foes, but she never wavered from her task. As a model for all believers, she took her bearings and her calling from her Lord and never looked back: “I wrote wh
atI did because, as a woman, as a mother, I was oppressed and heartbroken with the sorrows and injustice I saw; because, as a Christian, I felt the dishonor to Christianity; because, as a lover of my country, I trembled atthe coming day of wr ath.”3
Mr. President, as a pastor, as a man, as a Christian, as a f
ather of three girls and one boy, as a citizen of two cities, one heavenly and one earthly, I am heartbroken with the sorrows and injustice I see in our n ation toward the unborn and defenseless babies aborted before their time. As a lover of my country, and with Mrs. Stowe, I tremble atthe coming day of wr ath on our n ation if we continue to allow abortion to thrive in our n ation.
Please, Mr. President, my President, reconsider your stand on abortion. It is not the means to the end you desire for your daughters and the women of our n
ation. God bless you sir. I am praying for you.
1. Mason I. Lowance, Jr., and Ellen E. Westbrook, The Stowe Deb
ate (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994), 3. Quoted in “Stowe’s Protest Novel,” University of North Carolina atPembroke Website, http://www.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/markport/lit/amnovel/fall2002/04stowe.htm (accessed September 28, 2007).
2. Stowe, “To Elizabeth Cabot Follen,” 76.
3. Stowe, quoted in James William Massie, America: The Origin of Her Present Conflict (London: J. Snow, 1864), 109