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Open letter to Jeb Bush
Posted By Elizabeth Farah On 03/26/2005 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Dear Gov. Bush:
You are in a difficult position. There are few men who find themselves in a situation such as yours. Quite literally, you are the only hope, the only person in the world who can save the life of this defenseless woman facing an unjust death.
I want to give you courage. I understand that advisers may point to polls and public opinion that seem to show most people believe the government should never have become involved in this conflict. While it is true these polls are misleading because the questions misinform the respondent in telling them that Terri is brain-dead, etc., the fact that public opinion is really not against you is of little importance. Let me tell you why.
The Lord God is truly on your side. You know the Scripture, “If God be for me who can be against me?” The Lord is always searching for “mighty men of valor” to do His work. You must instinctively know that Americans yearn for men of courage, principle and perseverance. We see over and over our leaders making an initial effort to do what is right and then, when the going gets tougher and the odds seem insurmountable, they back away. That lack of perseverance, determination and resolve has led to a lack of faith in our leaders.
You know that God is present in every situation. He never advocates injustice or any other evil. Only God has the authority to give and take innocent life. But He most often works through godly men and women, and he expects all believers to do His will regardless of the perceived cost. God has allowed this task to come to you. All life is a test, and this is clearly a test of your faith in God.
God loves you and will never test you beyond what you are able to do. But he tells us to take His yoke. He will carry you through this challenge. Don’t rely upon yourself. There is a point at which we all throw up our hands and say, “I have done all I can.” The pressure and stress seem overwhelming. But God says, if you have faith in Me I will do the work for you – I will give you victory. He promises that he wants only good for you:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
But he expects you to trust in Him:
The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
This trust isn’t a belief that God exists, but a faith that God will always sustain us when we do His will, that he is a rewarder of those who seek His will and do it.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you whithersoever you go. Joshua 1:9
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
You are the chief executive of the state of Florida. You are not the servant of an un-elected judiciary. You have been given power by the people of Florida to protect their rights and lives. Don’t fail them!
Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Proverbs 31:8
You’ve been given a gift of leadership. On one hand you probably think that the Schaivo case is a burden that you wish God had never given you. But think of this – God has entrusted you with the honor of responsibility. He expects you to do much because He has given you the opportunity and ability to do much.
For whom much is given, of him much shall be required. Luke 12:48
Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
I believe this culture of death that is now overtaking our country is fostered by a movement away from God.
In Proverbs God says, “All they that hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:36)
Gov. Bush, you have the right to exercise your authority to save this woman’s life. You have the authority to reject a corrupt judge’s corrupt decision. Remember when the pharaoh issued the order that all Hebrew male infants should be killed? What did Moses’ mother do? She broke the law of the civil authority. She saved the life of her son. This act of civil disobedience or lawbreaking gave her a place in the great chapter of the Bible known as the “Hall of Faith.” Her courage was seen by God – not as lawlessness but as a supreme act of faith! (Hebrews 11:23)
Jesus says that yes, you will have many detractors – people who will revile you for doing the right thing, but you will be rewarded greatly by God.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward. Matthew 5:11, 12
… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus … so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
Remember all the men and women of this country who are searching for leaders of courage. I have been profoundly affected by your obviously sincere concern for Terri Schiavo. I can see that you are deeply disturbed by her plight. I know I am right in believing you will always regret it if you don’t do the right thing here. It will haunt you. I promise you, you will never regret fighting the good fight through to its end. People will follow that kind of a leader. People, even those who disagree with your politics, recognize the value of a man who will not compromise his principles.
May God bless you.
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