Dear “kneelers” and “standers” –
As you exercise your freedoms, I have one request:
When the cameras are off, please pursue the ancient prophet’s great call: “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” Character is proven when no one is looking.
Dear Mr. President,
I am grieved today.
Not at your love for the Flag, but your insulting remarks about those that disagree with you.
Your Christian values should include love for those that differ and self-control in your speech.
Plain speech can be a virtue, but there is no place for name-calling and vulgarity.
I agree and disagree with some of your policies, but your inflammatory reactions diminish your Office and hinder your positive aims.
“Make America Great Again” must mean living with our deepest differences, hearing each other’s pains and humbly forging alliances for good…not polarizing tweets and alienating many that would otherwise sit down and work out solutions.
You have better things to do that insert yourself into the NFL: healthcare, immigration, North Korea, the Middle East, national infrastructure, ballooning debt and a divided public square…these are worthy of thoughtful attention, not disinviting a kind voice such as Steph Curry.
Please demonstrate statesmanship.
Dear Donald Trump,
I pen these words with prayers for you and our nation.
You have caused quite a stir.
But unsettling the political landscape is not statesmanship.
For some you are the key to our nation’s survival.
Others see a narcissist running a new reality show.
I think you are – like all people – beautiful and broken – gifted and selfish, concerned about country and struggling with character.
Many share your concerns on immigration and jobs, national security and terrorism, inefficient government and insecurity about America’s future.
I know that many of your positions are “opening negotiating positions” especially the ban on Muslim immigration and the wall with Mexico.
But Mr. Trump, character matters. You cannot shout, “crooked Hillary” and not face your own challenges. I call on you to cease personal insults and offer clarity on:
- Immigration that remains hospitable.
- Job creation that keeps goods flowing globally.
- Abortion: will you support the Republican platform?
- First and Second Amendment liberties.
- Racial reconciliation – how to we reduce tensions and engender unity?
And there is much more…
I haven’t decided my vote. Frankly, I am dismayed that neither party could do better.
Will you envision a future and demonstrate the ethics necessary for all to flourish or are you merely one more demagogue we must endure?
Stop the insults. Start sharing insights. Come clean on any hidden issues.
And above all, cease boasting about all you will do.
Please articulate what all of us must do for a better future.
I already have a Savior…I am looking for a public servant.