Dear President Biden,
Congratulations! You have just taken the oath of office for one of the most significant positions that can be held in our country, and you have been given both unique authority and incredible responsibility. Today, I am writing to you as a Christian who cares for you, as a husband and father who wants to lead my family well, and as a pastor who seeks to shepherd my congregation humbly.
As a Christian, my first priority is to invite you to know Jesus. While I do not know you personally, I do want to invite you to know the Savior personally—His name is Jesus! You and I (and all humankind) have offended God by our sin, and the offense is so great that it is punishable by death (eternal separation from Him). Because of our sinful offense, Jesus came to earth, lived as a man who never sinned, and took our punishment for us. He paid the price for our sin on the cross and purchased our eternal life. But in order for us to receive this wonderful gift, we must turn away from our sin and trust in Jesus. If you have never done that, I beg of you—choose to follow Jesus right now! Surrender your all to Him for He is the one true King.
If you have already surrendered to Him, then I plead with you to live your life accordingly. I pray that you will make decisions that honor Jesus and that you will trust Him, not only for salvation, but also for every step you take.
As a husband and a father, I want to encourage you to speak with decorum, make decisions with wisdom, and act with grace. How you conduct yourself as you do your job will affect not only you, your family, and our country as a whole, but will also inform the way my family understands what you do.
Finally, as a pastor I want you to know that I am and will continue to lead others to pray for you and to be supportive of you, as long as what you do does not conflict with biblical standards. I am the lead pastor at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and as such I am obligated to lead our church family to follow the admonitions of Scripture. In accordance with God’s Word, I commit to “do what is good” toward you by speaking well of you as I find opportunity (Romans 13:1-7) and to pray for you often (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
I am confident that God has placed you in this authoritative position by His good plan. I am thankful to God that He has chosen to do what He knows best, and I believe it is, in the long run, what will bring Him glory. I am confident that while you are seated in the oval office making crucial decisions on behalf of this nation, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father making our petitions known to Him. I am confident that while you are making speeches celebrating your recent victory, Jesus has already won the ultimate victory by defeating death (1 Corinthians 15:57). I am confident that while you have been given the challenge to exercise great leadership for your people, Jesus is providing perfect Lordship for us all.
I am committing these things to you:
- I will pray that God draws you to Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- I will pray that you confess Jesus as Lord and turn away from your sins.
- I will pray that God grants you wisdom and discernment in the many decisions you make.
- I will pray that God pours out His blessings on you and your family.
- I will lead others to obey the Scriptures regarding our leaders (Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Timothy 2:1-2).
May God bless you and make His face shine upon you that His saving power be made known in all nations (Psalm 67).
Dr. Chad Hunsberger