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Praying for My President…

I’m a rock ribbed conservative, but I feel a strong sense of hope for our new President.  He appears to be a committed family man, an honest person, and one who is willing to reach across ideological lines.   Though I disagree with some of his stated positions, I truly believe he cares for this country and wants to improve things for all people.  We only have one president at a time, and I choose not to mirror the rancor and disrespect shown to GWB by liberals everyday for the past eight years.

One of my favorite bloggers, and a pastor I look to for inspiration and guidance, David Foster had a great post yesterday.  It made me think and has inspired me to follow his lead.  Here’s the essence – slightly edited:

Here are my seven promises to President Obama as he makes history and begins his presidency.

1. President Obama, I promise to pray for you each and every day that God would give you wisdom and favor and that He would protect you from those who are evil.

2. I promise to respect you for not only what you have achieved personally and how you’ve taken advantage of all your opportunities, but also for the fact that you fulfill the role of President of my country, an office worthy of respect. Though the men who have occupied it have been imperfect, its ideal still abides; a Democracy ruled over not by a King, but by a President elected by the people.

3. I promise to support you where I can and to reserve judgment over those things I disagree with, believing that you may know more about the subject than I do.

4. I promise to believe the best about you. I won’t listen to conspiracy theories and throw you under the bus at the first sign that you may not be doing something the majority of the people agree with.

5. I promise to be the kind of American worthy of a great President.

6. I promise I will not expect you to do for me what I should be doing for myself. I’m glad I don’t live in a Socialist state. I live in a Democracy driven by Capitalism, the idea that I am personally responsible for my actions. So I’ll not ask you to pay my house payment or feed me unless I have a catastrophic disability. I’m willing to pay my taxes and my fair share and fully take responsibility.

7. I promise to remember that you’re human; that you occupy an office that no human can be expected to perform flawlessly. I’ll try to put myself in your place even though it would be hard to do.

This is a day of new beginnings for our country. I plan to be in on it. I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and throw stones. I want to be a part of the solution, the change that we all hope and pray will happen. As a man of faith it is my obligation and responsibility. And as a citizen, it is the covenant I signed up for.

Read Foster’s original post HERE.

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  1. Big Poppa
    January 21, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Great post! It shines light on the responsibilities we have as believers to our president (and all our leaders). I’m sure I will not be perfect at them but I am certainly going to try harder than others have tried the last eight years.

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