Dear President Trump,
Congratulations on your electoral victory and the opportunity you have to exercise your new role as Leader of the Free World.
I want you to know that I am praying every day that God will give you success, wisdom, strength, kindness, good counsel, and especially, safety.
Thank you for the stand you have taken in favor of innocent, unborn human life. I believe your appointment of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was a powerful statement of your values, and I am grateful. May the Senate confirm him quickly and may he never betray our trust.
The presidency of the United States, more than any political office on Earth, has a meaning that goes far beyond the interests of one nation. The whole world depends on us to stand for “liberty and justice for all.” And so, I want to plead with you to be very careful in the way you govern us. The unfortunate consequences of your recent executive order on immigration led to much unnecessary suffering and called your good will into question. I believe you when you make assurances of your intention to treat immigrants fairly, but this executive order did not keep that promise. It does not represent our distinctive American values, nor the spirit of our founders, nor the nature of our national creed.
As a confessing Christian, you are well aware that the Great Commandment calls on us to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and our neighbor as our self. I agree that your job calls you to put America first, but America’s best interests have coattails that stretch around the world. We are a unique nation whose deepest interests embrace the wellbeing of the whole of humanity.
The great King David of Israel, on his deathbed, said:
“When one rules over people in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’
I congratulate you on your patriotism, on your decisiveness, on your bold confidence and fearless determination. But I pray that you will do your work “in the fear of God.” That will imply greater care in the way you treat the weak and the vulnerable. Please rule us in a way that will make us proud and which will shame our enemies overseas and silence the voices of those whose rule of injustice creates today’s massive wave of immigration and refuge seeking in the first place.