Various contenders for the office of President of the United States have said what they would do on their first day in the oval office.
Carly Fiorina is “going to make two phone calls.” One to “Bibi Netanyahu to assure him that the United States will stand with Israel” and a second call to the supreme leader of Iran. Fiorina acknowledged during the Presidential debate that Iran’s leader “might not take my phone call. But he would get my message. And the message is this: Until you open every nuclear facility and every military facility to full, open, anytime, anywhere inspections — for real — we are going to make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system.” Her point was clear. On her first day as President she intends to convey that “America is back in the leadership business.”
Ted Cruz told the Red State audience that his first day agenda would include five things: 1. “rescind every illegal executive action taken by Barack Obama,” including his “executive amnesty;” 2. “instruct the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood” and to prosecute any criminal conduct uncovered; and instruct the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service to “cease persecuting” individuals seeking to practice their faith in their workplace; 3. send a letter to the Little Sisters of the Poor indicating “that their case has been dismissed.” He said they would also receive “an invitation to the White House to tell their story to the world;” 4. Then he would “end the catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal;” and 5. Cruz would “begin the process to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,” to send “a message to the world that we stand with our allies.”
I like that they both lay out goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Other candidates have also answered the question.
It got me thinking, what would you do on your first day as President of the United States?
As a Christian, my first inclination is to ask, what does God have to say about such things? Yes, I recognize that we are a representative democracy and not a theocracy. And yes, I know we do not have an established religion in this nation. But as a Christian, I take God’s perspective into account and God has something to say about the first day in office for a nation’s leader.
In Deuteronomy 17:18-20 we read:
“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.”
The national leader’s first day in office should be dedicated to writing out the equivalent of the Constitution in the sight of the Supreme Court and Congress. That person should keep that hand-written document with them and read it every day in order to keep all the words of it. The idea is one of humility to a standard higher than the self. It’s a way of walking within a set boundaries for the good of the nation for generations.
That’s what I’d do on my first day in office if I were President. What would you do?