Open letter from an evangelical leader to President Biden

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C., 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As you are no doubt aware, a significant majority (at least 75%) of white and Hispanic evangelicals did not vote for you.

Land Richard
(Photo: The Christian Post/Katherine T. Phan)

However, Mr. President, allow me to congratulate you on behalf of millions of evangelicals on your election to the highest political office in the land. And, make no mistake, we accept you as our President. You will not hear from us the dangerous nonsense, “It will never be our President.”

As you may know, the Bible urges us to pray for “kings and all who have authority” (1 Tim. 2:1-2). I was raised in a devout Christian home where I was taught, as most evangelicals are from an early age, to pray for the president every day, regardless of political affiliation.

In fact, in my family, my mother was a Republican and my father a Democrat. They were both evangelical Baptists. I remember praying for every president every day since I was a young boy praying for President Eisenhower. Since then, I have prayed every day for every president, whether I voted for them or not.

I can assure you that the vast majority of American evangelicals will pray for you every day. We commit with you to pray that our Father God will grant you divine wisdom and the mind of our Lord Jesus Christ in all your decision-making. We pray with faith and confidence that “the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, like rivers of water: he turns it over as he will” (Proverbs 21:1). We will also urge our Heavenly Father to grant you safety, health, and all spiritual blessings.

On issues that involve moral and ethical values, we will pray for you and urge you to apply timeless biblical principles and values ​​when making political decisions that will impact families in America and around the world.

I can assure you that when you put the prestige and “bullying pulpit” of the presidency behind the defense of First Amendment freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and religion, human rights and the support for persecuted groups like the Uyghurs around the world, you will have the wholehearted and wholehearted support of the evangelical community.

Evangelicals are also overwhelmingly committed to the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death, and everywhere in between. We urge you to extend the legal protections of the law to all of our citizens, preborn and born.

Therefore, we sincerely implore you to prayerfully reconsider your stated positions on abortion on demand. No one, not even a mother, should have the absolute right of life and death over another human being, even her child.

Mr President, we will pray for you, support you when we can do so without violating our consciences, and we are united in our rejection of violence and in our commitment to peaceful redress of grievances and non-violent protests.

America needs moral conviction in our highest office. America’s children need a model of leadership committed to both excellence and virtue.

May God bless you, Mr. President, and make you that leader. And God bless America.

Your fellow American,

Land Richard

Dr. Richard Land, BA (magna cum laude), Princeton; D.Phil. Oxford; and Th.M., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, served as president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (1988-2013) and since 2013 has served as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Land has been teaching, writing and speaking on moral and ethical issues for half a century, in addition to pastoring several churches. He is the author of The Divided States of America, To imagine! An America blessed by God, True internal security, For faith and family and Send a message to Mickey.

Barry F. Howard