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Open Letter to President Barack Obama


Dear Mr. Obama:

I am a patriotic American. I love our country and have a deep appreciation for our heritage. I am grateful for those who have fought and sacrificed to maintain our freedom. I believe our forefathers built a solid foundation for our republic. I am confident that our Constitution is based on Biblical principles.

I am grateful for our three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and judicial branches. From the time I was a child I was taught to salute the flag and hold my hand over my heart when I said the pledge of allegiance or heard the National Anthem. I exercise my right to vote as a knowledgeable citizen, respect the office of the president, and pray for those who have authority over us.

I have lived under the administration of 13 presidents and I felt like your election to the office was a giant step toward the healing of the racial divide that has existed for far too long in our nation. I thought your election was a positive move toward racial reconciliation.

When I heard you, as an Illinois state senator, give the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention I was impressed. You were charming, eloquent, even presidential. In fact, I remember telling my wife after your address that you would one day be the president of the United States.

Our nation seems to have had political, racial, economic, philosophical, moral, and spiritual struggles for some time, but you promised, “A change we can believe in.” Your campaign speeches engendered hope in the hearts of countless Americans. I know that one man can only do so much, but as a result of your position and influence we trusted that the changes you promised would be a blessing to our country.

I must admit I was concerned about your alliances with people like Frank Marshall Davis, Charles Ogletree, Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Quentin Young, George Soros, and Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini, but hoped and prayed that you would lead our nation aright.

Mr. President you acknowledged that you committed your life to Christ, but I fear for your eternal destiny, because you indicated that sin was “being out of alignment with my values.” Sin is falling short of the glory of God. It is the transgression of God’s laws. It is failing to live up to the principles of God’s Word.

I also have wondered why you misquoted the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. I don’t understand why you seem to deliberately omit the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission you have made on multiple occasions.

I would really like to know why your administration released its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception and why your administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.

I would like to know why you typically avoid any religious references in your Thanksgiving speeches, why Louie Giglio was pressured to remove himself from praying at the inauguration when it was learned that he had once preached a sermon supporting the Biblical definition of marriage, and why you have declined to host services for the National Day of Prayer at the White House.

Please, Mr. President ... [h]elp us maintain our exceptionalism as a nation. Tell us the truth when you speak. Let God be your guide. You still have time to make a difference.

Mr. President, I must admit that I had mixed feelings about you suggesting that the United States use military action to retaliate against Syria for the use of chemical weapons against its own people. If I remember correctly you stated, “We’re going after the Syrians – whether the Russians like it or not.” Why would you be so concerned about Bashar Assad’s murderous attack against hundreds of his people in the Middle East and not be concerned about the millions of babies being killed via abortion in our own country?

In fact, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, your health care overhaul will likely subsidize between 71,000 and 111,500 abortions per year. The federal government already subsidizes abortion with its generous funding of Planned Parenthood. How can we add to that funded assignation of babies with the Affordable Health Care Act?

Mr. Obama, I am also disappointed in your deteriorating position on the sanctity of marriage. You once indicated that you believed that marriage was only for one man and one woman. Then you stated that you backed civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, granting them many of the same rights and privileges as married heterosexuals. Then you used your influence to support a constitutional right to give equal rights to same sex marriages. This militates against the Word of God and the very fabric of our society.

I am also concerned about your leadership, because you seem to be unwilling to listen to or consider opposing views, even those from your own party. All too often you have bypassed the checks and balances of Congress and the courts by using your executive power to advance your agenda. You have often demonized the Tea Party and those who disagree with you, creating division and distrust. You have implemented programs and policies that are socialistic to the core.

You are following President Bush’s example of exercising fiscal irresponsibility by inordinately increasing the national debt. Your agenda seems to be more socialistic than democratic. Yet, the media seems to give you a free pass on just about everything you do.

Please, Mr. President, use your position and influence to lead us to greatness. Help us maintain our exceptionalism as a nation. Tell us the truth when you speak. Let God be your guide. You still have time to make a difference.

Believe me when I say that I have not put my hope in Washington, but in the Lord God. I would plead with you to do the same.

With the promise of my prayers, I remain respectfully yours,

J. Gerald Harris