An Open Letter to President Obama About Parenting A Nation

sasha:maliaobamaDear Mr. President,

What would happen in your family if Sasha ended up buying some music on iTunes that she should not buy? What would happen if she ended up purchasing some music with the explicit red warning sign by it? Michelle and yourself had trusted her with her iTunes card, you feel like you warned her about what she could and could not listen to, and she knew what was expected of her. Basically, what happened is that you trusted her, and she betrayed your trust?

I am sure you would discipline her in some form or fashion. Would you ban her from iTunes? Would you take her account away? Would you take the iTunes card back? It would be interesting to know.

What would be more interesting to know is what would you do to Malia. What punishment would she receive for the actions of Sasha? Does Malia keep her iTunes account? What about her iTunes card you gave her? Most importantly, does she keep her iPod or her iPhone?

You see Mr. President, on December 14th,2012, Adam Lanza, who was one of your national children, did something stupid. He disobeyed the rules. He deserved punishment, discipline, and correction. However, he did not stay around for any of it. He took the easy way out. He was a coward. Yes, he was confused, warped, and could have been a poster child for a decaying section of a generation in America. However, Adam Lenza does not represent all your American children.

While you were growing up, did any of your siblings do something stupid that you got blamed for or punished for? Have you ever suffered the consequence of someone else’s wrongdoing? How did it make your feel? President Obama, I believe the rest of your children in America feel we are getting punished for our sibling’s stupidity. We feel you want to take away what you rightfully trusted us with at one time and what we have been trustworthy with. We feel you are taking gifts our grandparents gave us because one person did something horribly wrong . He was a person who represented less than one percent of the rest of us.

lostsheepI remember Jesus telling a parable about one lost sheep in Luke 15. The shepherd left the ninety-nine sheep to go after the one lost sheep, which was a moving gesture of love and character. He did not condemn the ninety-nine, barricade them into submission, or scold them with threats about if they ran of too. He simply trusted them as He went to look for the one lost sheep.

Mr. President, I believe you have gone after the wrong sheep. We all feel we are being punished for the offense of one. The majority of us are in the fold and doing what right. We feel we are being punished for the one that ran off. Please don’t make the mistake of punishing Malia for Sasha’s wrong doing.

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:4-5

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