Dear Presidential Candidates
Dear Presidential Candidates:
Most of you are smart, and some of you are brilliant. You have pedigrees and resumes and you are generally impressive men and women. And you're all my elders, but I think we need to talk.
My Dad taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Now before you go and question Dad's citizenship, just think about it. You guys like to talk about how America has turn into Sodom and Gomorrah and that you can fix it, but maybe it starts with you. Maybe you having respect for others and a sense of honor would be a good place to start.
Sirs and Madams, when I watch the debates I feel like I am watching a really subtle Saturday Night Live skit. It's like satire that isn't quite punchy - just sad and weird when you consider that someone from those stages might hold the high office of President of the United States. You bicker and fight and talk longer than allowed and then get mad at the moderators.
The American Dream is not dead. And you will not turn the tide of culture single-handedly like you say you will. I know it's effective strategy to stir up fear and then pretend you can alleviate those fears but maybe if you knocked it off to begin with we'd all be better off.
I can't speak for our country, but I'll just let you in on a secret - my hope is not in you. My hope rests in Jesus Christ, and in He alone. Proverbs 21:1 says that God turns the heads of kings like a channel of water. No matter which one of you are elected, you will do so under the loving headship of the Lord. And thus I will submit to you and do my sinful best to honor you even if I disagree with you.
You have a choice. You can hop on the political bandwagon and throw eggs at your opponents or you can stand on your own two feet and consider the Golden Rule. You can make outlandish promises and mercilessly (sometimes even pathetically) defend your record or you can present objective facts and a helpful plan.
One day very soon this campaign will be over. You'll wash off all of that nervous sweat and your PR people will go to their corners to find someone else to invoice and you'll be who you were before you ran for President. Will you like the person you see in the mirror? You see, odds are you will lose given that there are a bunch of you candidates and only one President. Sorry if that sounds pessimistic, my friend. Just make sure you are conducting yourself in such a manner that you will not hate who you have become on the campaign trail.
Oh, and one last thing. The problem with America is that I live in it. And you live in it. And we are imperfect and sinful people. When asked about the source of the problems in the world, G.K. Chesterton famously remarked "I am". I am the problem and you are the problem. And though I am not quite as bad as I was yesterday, by God's grace the blood of Christ washes over me and hopefully I'll be less of a problem tomorrow than I was today. I hope the same for you because your soul matters and if Jesus grabs your soul and you lead this country, that's a better scenario for us all.
Much love and good luck,