An Open Letter to President Obama

March 2, 2015

Dear President Obama:

Since ISIS is a continuing threat to world peace in a way unknown to us since the Nazis of World War II, we humbly call upon you to use the influence and power of your distinguished office to take the necessary actions now in this urgent hour to bring an end to these human atrocities. The abuse, brutalization, and murder of children, women, and men that is occurring before the world calls our country to lead forward to bring this to an end.

As you do this, please know that we are not only praying for you, but assure you that you will have the unequivocal support of the vast majority of America’s largest, and some say most multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, Protestant denomination in America. The world will applaud your courage and compassion as you defend those that Scripture calls “the least of these.”

Mr. President, just as Esther led forward for the deliverance of the Jews in her day, we believe you also “have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” You have been given an historical moment to lead in protecting the people and the principle of religious freedom in the world. We are praying for you to have wisdom and courage in this hour.

These former presidents of our Convention join me, the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, in making this humble, but urgent appeal to you.

Sincerely and Prayerfully,

Ronnie Floyd, President
Southern Baptist Convention

Bailey E. Smith, 1980-1982 Paige Patterson, 1998-2000
James T. Draper, Jr., 1982-1984 James Merritt, 2000-2002
Charles F. Stanley, 1984-1986 Jack Graham, 2002-2004
Jerry Vines, 1988-1990 Bobby Welch, 2004-2006
Morris H. Chapman, 1990-1992 Frank S. Page, 2006-2008
H. Edwin Young, Sr., 1992-1994 Johnny M. Hunt, 2008-2010
James B. Henry, 1994-1996 Bryant Wright, 2010-2012
Tom Elliff, 1996-1998 Fred Luter, 2012- 2014