Chuck Terrill: Open letter to the next President 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Dear President Joe Biden, 

 On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, you will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. 

It has been a long and difficult election season for many Americans. 

I want you to know that I have been praying for you. I have not prayed against you, and I never will. As a Christian, I have a biblical command: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (I Timothy 2:1-2, NIV) 

I do pray that you will constantly consider American families. The decisions you make will affect us, our children and our grandchildren. You have a heavy responsibility, and I understand that, so I will pray. 

I will be praying that you will always seek wisdom from God and humbly submit yourself to Him. It is my prayer that you will appoint godly men and women to your cabinet who will help you know if, and when, you are outside the will of God.  

I will be praying that you set a good example for all the nations of the world. There is so much strife, war, poverty and anarchy in our world. You will need God’s help to understand how to respond to global crises, while managing the tensions in our own Nation.   

I am a follower of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I pray that you will allow, and even encourage, faith in the One True God to flourish. My prayer is that you will exalt Christ in your life and in our Nation, even when that doesn’t seem politically expedient to you. Christ is the only answer to our Nation’s problems. Please put Him first in all that you do.    

Many Americans voted in this election. My wife and I did, too. I may not have voted for you, but I will hold you up in prayer, trusting God to hear and answer. My personal preferences aren’t nearly as important as unity in our Nation. Demonic forces are tearing the fabric of America to shreds. That needs to stop, and you are in a position to lead the charge. Please do it. 

America has my heart. You have my prayers.

Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.