When I was in high school, I was one of those strange kids who listened to Limbaugh and worried about grades. I was politically involved at a very young age. In the eighth grade, I was snapped in a picture on Bill Clinton’s Inauguration Day wearing all black with a Clinton/Gore button with an “x” over it. Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, knew my political stance years before I could vote. Even back in those days, my views were the unpopular opinion. People ridiculed me…called me names…and said mean things to my face. Funny, but now when I look back on those days I remember thinking, I will pray for them. They’re so blind. I know they don’t know what they are doing. Prayer is powerful and I remember thinking “I give this burden to you God, take it out of my life”. The people who mattered, my family and friends, knew who I was and loved me. That is all that matters in this world. Pleasing God and making the people who believe in you proud of your actions.
Now, I look at our leader. Yes, the unpopular opinion might be to speak out against the injustice currently taking place in Iran. Its going to make people angry. It might even make you seem like you’re sticking your nose in where it doesn’t belong. If your friend was standing on a railroad track, a racing train headed straight for them, you would yell. You would scream. You would wave your hands. You’d run flailing towards them. You’d do this to prevent something you care about from ceasing to exist. So, Mr. President, I ask you. Who are you trying to please? Whose opinion matters to you? What do you stand for?
Mr. President, you are never going to be liked by everyone. The only people you should be trying to please are the people who believe in you. I am trying to believe in you. But obviously, my opinion is not one of the opinions you are trying to please. You do not have impress the leaders of foreign countries. People are going to dislike you when you do the right thing. Its hard to rely on the God you claim to serve. Leaders are often criticized when they take a stand. Remember Lincoln? The President you aspire to be? Lincoln was WILDLY unpopular. He stood up for freedom for all. He was only concerned with serving his God and his belief in the freedom all Americans deserve. Freedom is something that we should aspire to spread through the planet. Its a human right. STAND UP! TAKE A STAND! DON’T BE AFRAID TO LEAN ON GOD! God works miracles…and He will work them in the lives of those that serve him.
It is not a compliment Mr. President, that in the eighth grade, I had more of a backbone than you. A thirteen year old girl. You are the leader of the free world. Listen to those words. THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. It does not say the leader of the free Gitmo Detainees. It is not the leader of the free universal healthcare. Those things are minute, and pale in comparison to the right that everyone has to freedom.
Mr. President, I will pray for you. I will pray for you to realize that we will stand beside you if you stand up against tyranny. We will stand beside you when you stand for the rights of human beings. We will stand beside you if you stand up for God’s chosen people in Israel. STAND UP MR. PRESIDENT. Be a Leader. Be a strong force for good in this world.
Mr. President, when you stand for nothing we cannot stand beside you. This pains us. You are not only letting down your country, you are letting down the people who thought America would stand behind them as they fight for freedom. Do not say that “world is watching and inspired by their participation regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was.” Don’t demean their plight like that. Don’t “watch” from the sidelines, be the coach teaching them how freedom is not free. Don’t be “inspired by their participation” but yet be the inspiration for a free world and YOU participate in their fight.
Be a President, be a Leader, be someone who makes us proud to be Americans. Grow a backbone, Mr. President. Grow a backbone made of God, your fellow Americans, and of the freedom that should bind us all together.