Open letter to President Obama

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Dear President Obama, my prayers are with you as I write this letter today. I’m praying that the heart of this message breaks through all political filters to that secret place that even Presidents go in times of need.

Sir, you recently tweeted: “If there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save—we’ve got an obligation to try.” Your appeal seemed to be directed at gun control. Yet, the one life chord is vibrating on a frequency that embraces not just victims of gun violence, but even reaching the innocent lives in the womb.

Many people often try to marginalize the sanctity of life voice. Yet, I would appeal to you to consider that death by forceps or bullets is death all the same:

““I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”” – Matthew 27:4 ESV

Sir, we are trying to “see to it,” to see an end to senseless violence in every corridor.

Dear President Obama, in the Bible there have been great kings and rulers. Some served God, some did not. In many cases some of these rulers came to know and serve God because of prayerful people within their courts and cabinets. I’m sure you have such voices around you.

In your recent gun control speech you spoke of Zaevion, a high school student, and his heroism as he dove on top of three girls to shield them from the bullets. And he was shot in the head. And the girls were spared. He gave his life to save theirs. You also rightly quoted John 15:16, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” To lay down one’s life for a friend takes an extremely selfless act, something we don’t hear about too often.

You said, “Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns — 30,000. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. Many have had to learn to live with a disability, or learned to live without the love of their life.”

Violence is defined in Merriam-Webster as “the use of physical force so to harm someone, to damage property, etc.”

Violence can take many forms. Gun violence is one of those forms. Knife violence is another. Fist violence another; and word violence too. Bomb violence is another. And abortion violence is yet another.

As you spoke and began to tear up, I could see the compassion you have for those who are senselessly killed by guns. I believe that many Americans feel the same way you do, not only for gun violence but for any type of violence. Americans mourned the lives lost to the Boston bombers. We mourned those killed at the twin towers on 9/11.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2013 there were a total of 41,149 deaths by suicide of which 21,175 were by guns. That means that 19,974 suicides occurred by other means such as suffocation, poisoning, etc. Additionally, in 2011 there were 836,000 emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries. Although not broken down by types of injuries, I would venture to say that many of them were not due to gun shots.

Although we do need certain legislation regarding gun sales and safety the focus needs to be more on violence control and not excessive gun control.

Violence is due to hatred, or malice people may have towards others for whatever reason. It could be due to skin color, or someone having something that someone else has, or someone not believing what we believe. Whatever the reason the solution is the same: LOVE.

We must change the dialogue from “we’re against something” to “we’re for something.” In this case we must be for love – love of our fellow human being, love of life, love of self!

The Bible advises and teaches us that we should never rail against rulers and leaders in authority; rather we are to pray for our leaders, which I do. There are many words you have spoken over the years of your presidency; some which ring with compassion.

As you may know, I am a pro-life activist. I am concerned about all human lives. I write to you today because, like you and so many other Americans, I am concerned over the growing violence in America. But I am also concerned over the millions of lives lost to the violence of abortion.

Mother Teresa once said, “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

I’m writing today to appeal to your compassion for those lost to violent acts and I ask you to consider that what our world needs is not just gun control but violence control. We need to turn to LOVE for the answer.

I do not want to politicize the issue of guns or abortion and that’s why I’m inviting you to step out of the political arena and invite you to step into the arena of principles and moral values. The arena where we can change the world through LOVE and PEACE!


You gave life voice
To sing sweet psalms.

Life sings of degradation.

You gave life ears to hear
your music

Life listens to pagan drums.

Life has many voices Lord.
We need to only listen.

Of all the voices in my life
Yours is sweetest.

14 Responses to “Open letter to President Obama”

  1. J. Jay Carroll says:

    Thank you Ms. King for telling the truth. May God bless you and your work.

  2. Thank you so much for speaking for so many unborn children who without voices like you, who can wake up the right person to help achieve the goal of saving these unborn babies and a great start will be the leader a chief of this country. May God bless you and your family always. A heart felt thank you to you.

  3. Pat Zezelic says:

    God bless you. I wish I could write like you do. Your thoughts are the same as mine. I just love reading your blogs, I wish more people would.Thank you so very much.

  4. Lauren Hall says:

    Jesus is the reason for it all… Jesus saves and you the one who claimed to be Christian… Why r the young Americans not allowed to learn about the American flag, how to hold it, not taught anything of Christian beliefs but fifth and sixth grade children are learning about the Koran and needing mats for this religion…. What happened church has been forbidden from school..? Bring Jesus back…

  5. Nancy Hultman says:

    I pray you will hear Gods calling and support all life !

  6. Just Beautiful Alveda you are a woman go God . May He continue to Bless You in all you Endeavours.

  7. Just Beautiful Alveda you are a woman go God . May He continue to Bless You in all you Endeavours.

  8. It is with deep respect and admiration I thank you for writing this. Our prayers for you and pro-lifers to help end the hideousness of abortion. Thank you so much and may our Lord fill you with many blessings.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Thank you, I admire you as I always admired your uncle………..may God continue to bless and use you for His glory and the well being of all souls….<3

  10. Glinda says:

    Ms King, I appreciate your noble efforts to protect all life. I am happy you are reaching out to the President. Although I fear it may do nothing to change his ideology. That is what leads his actions. I have not once been confident that Americans lives matter over a will to punish us for the problems of the world. I too will be praying for you and your mission, for the Presidents heart to be softened and turned toward bible truths. And for all Americans to turn toward God Almighty and away from such a wicked so filled world. We need God more than ever in my six decades on this earth.
    May God bless you dear sister in Christ and be with you as you serve Him and His commission.

  11. Jodi G. says:

    Thank you, Alveda. Beautifully written.

  12. Peter Siska says:

    This is the best pro life letter I have ever read, an excellent letter and wise. The Obama administration needs to hear especially from African Americans. Those of us who are not African Americans are often marked as intolerant when we speak against Obama’s administration and his very pro liberal agenda. We need more African Americans involved in pro life issues and in politics. I wish Ms. King would be also Presidential candidate so that we could peacefully vote for a candidate according to what out conscience dictates. Thank you very much and God bless you.

  13. Carrie Ann Caldwell says:

    What a a eloquent letter. I am a woman who regretfully had an abortion and has now decided to speak out about what Abortion really does…. not only to the precious unborn, but also to the souls of the women who have them. I commend you on your value of human life. Many people are “saving the planet”, “saving our natural resources”,” saving our wildlife”: yet some of these same individuals are in favor of abortion. Where is the social medias outrage at the murdering of our unborn? No one really likes to talk about the fact at how many lives are destroyed because of the right to choose. When our young are killed once they are born by acts of violence, most media outlets and politicians cannot wait to pounce on how we need stricter gun control or they act outraged at these acts of violence, yet I do not see many of them being outraged when innocent blood is shed everyday in abortion clinics. If they could go and sit in the waiting room of one of these clinics and see the looks on most of the faces when they walk out from having the procedure (looks of shame, disbelief, sadness), or if they had to endure the shouts of protest & signs calling you a murderer as they enter a clinic; perhaps they would see that keeping laws in effect to allow abortions, not only kill babies but also kill the mothers soul. Then maybe they would search their hearts and know this is not how GOD wants our great nation to behave. We need change and we need it NOW! God Bless you in all you do

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