Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land’s Open Letter to President Biden

‘America’s Children Need a Model of Leadership Committed Both to Excellence and to Virtue’

January 20, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— As our nation prepares itself for today’s inauguration, Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), reached out to President Biden in an open letter.

In his letter, Dr. Land wrote, As you doubtless know, a significant majority (at least 75%) of white and Hispanic Evangelicals did not vote for you. However, Mr. President, please allow me to congratulate you on behalf of millions of Evangelicals on having been elected to serve in 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, ‘He will never be our president.’”

Dr. Land pointed out that the Bible exhorts us to pray for ‘kings and all who are in authority’ (1 Tim. 2:1-2). He explained that as a devout Christian, he was taught, as most Evangelicals are at an early age, to pray for the president every day, regardless of his or her political affiliation.

“In fact,” Dr. Land continued, “in my family, my mother was a Republican, and my father was a Democrat. They were both Baptist Evangelicals. I can remember praying for every president every day since I was a young boy praying for President Eisenhower. Since then, I have prayed for every president every day, regardless of whether I voted for them or not.”

The SES president wrote to President Biden that the vast majority of American Evangelicals will pray for him every day. “We covenant with you to pray that our Father God will grant you godly wisdom and the mind of our Lord Jesus Christ in all your decision-making. We pray with the faith and confidence that ‘the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it withersoever he will’ (Proverbs 21:1). We will also importune our Heavenly Father to bless you with safety, health, and all spiritual blessings.”

On issues which involve moral and ethical values, Dr. Land stated that American Evangelicals will both pray for the president and exhort him to apply timeless biblical principles and values as he makes policy decisions which will impact the families of America and the world.

In addition, Dr. Land assured President Biden that as he puts the “prestige and the ‘bully-pulpit’ of the presidency behind the defense of First Amendment free speech, freedom of conscience and religion, human rights and voice support for persecuted groups like the Uyghurs around the world, you will have the whole-hearted and full-throated support of the Evangelical community.”

According to Dr. Land, American Evangelicals are also overwhelmingly committed to the sacredness of all human life, from conception to natural death, and everywhere in between. They will urge President Biden to extend the legal protections of the law to all of our citizens, pre-born and born.

“Therefore,” Dr. Land wrote, “we earnestly plead with 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 their child.”

Dr. Land offered the president prayers and support, “when we can do so without violating our consciences, and we are united in the rejection of violence and in our commitment to peaceful redress of grievance and nonviolent protest.”

“America needs moral conviction in our highest office,” Dr. Land concluded. “America’s children need a model of leadership committed both to excellence and to virtue.”

SES offers the 15-hour Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE). The PPE can also be used as a concentration within most master’s degrees (excluding M.A.R.).We believe that one must minister to the present generation according to its needs, and to do so with truth and power our students need training in the ethical, political, and economic implications of the unchanging Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). This combination of PPE training and classical seminary education can be a potent one in combating the new heresies and false doctrines rooted in a secularist, progressivist worldview.

For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.

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