An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds? (Proverbs 24:11-12).
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so (Proverbs 3:27).
Dear Mr. President,
Your tepid response to the genocidal slaughter of Christians in Iraq and Syria is frightening. Your hesitancy and tentativeness in formulating a clear strategy to end this butchery of innocent people is alarming. Mr. President, with all due respect for you and the office you occupy, you have a moral responsibility before God to stop the slaughter of innocent men, women and children by the ISIS fanatics in the Middle East.
The power that comes with the presidency is not about privilege; it is about responsibility. God places kings, prime ministers and presidents in positions of power to resist the evil in this world and rescue those who are abused and victimized by evil. God will hold you accountable for how you use the power with which you were entrusted by the American people.
Romans 13:1-5 makes it clear that God expects government officials to use the power at their disposal to instill fear and terror in those who are evil. Verse 4 goes so far as to call the one in your position, An avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Mr. President you have a moral obligation from God to use the power at your disposal to stop the ISIS evil—to put an end to their genocidal crucifixions and beheadings of innocent men, women and children.
I have no question that a strategic operation to rescue the poor people who are being slaughtered by ISIS would have the approval of heaven and the majority of the American people. I and millions of others would pray for the quick success of such an operation, which would not only rescue thousands from the current genocide, but would stop ISIS from carrying out plans to attack the American homeland.
I realize that Washington D.C runs on sleazy politics on both sides of the political aisle, but this cannot be a decision based on political calculations. Politics must be set aside. This is a decision that must be made based on a moral imperative to rescue those being led away for slaughter. It is a decision that must be made with more concern for what God thinks than what politicians, lobbyists and the media think. I pray you have the courage to make such a decision.
Mr. President, there comes a time in everyone's life when they must choose between what is right, and what is comfortable and politically convenient. That time has come to Washington D.C. I pray that you and your colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, will have the moral courage to stand for truth, choose what is right, and use the power at your disposal to stop the genocidal rape and slaughter of innocent people.
My prayers are with you as you make this decision.
Eddie L. Hyatt
Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is an author, historian, and Bible teacher. He is the author of several books on Spiritual Awakening including AMERICA'S REVIVAL HERITAGE: How Christian Reformation & Spiritual Awakening Led to the Formation of the United States of America, available from Amazon and hiswebsite at http://www.eddiehyatt.com/bookstore.html.