Mr. President, I’d like you to meet my son

The rumors are spreading about whether or not you referred to several countries, including my son’s birth country as “shit-holes”. You’ve used twitter as an outlet to say that you “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.

I’m sorry, did you just say “anything other than...”? Mr. President, you are correct that Haiti is indeed a financially poor country. But what you are missing is how beautifully rich the Haitian people are. You see, they are rich in the very fruit of the spirit that you, as a self proclaimed Christian, should be exemplifying.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians5:22-23 NLT. 

Now, you may know the riches of money well. But, do you know what it means to truly be “poor and troubled”? You, Mr. President, are portraying that you are those very things yourself. For if you were rich in what matters most, like love and the values it takes to be a leader, then we wouldn’t be constantly having to debate the state of your presidential position.

In this day and age, we mock the attention seekers who turn to social media forums in self defense. Mr. President, my 9 year old, Haitian-American, son knows better. We teach our children to choose words wisely, think before they speak, use self-control, and always let love be the most important thing. I would like you to meet my son. I would like you to tell him your opinion of his birth country to his face. And then I would like you to listen to the stories he remembers about his few short years in Haiti. Maybe you’d see the truth of how beautiful Haiti is.

Through my experiences in Haiti, I suggest we could all learn a few things from the way Haitians run each day. Maybe if we could put our phones down and get off Twitter long enough to live in the moment, we could get an essence of the day to day, moment by moment, intentional lifestyle that my Haitian friends live.

Yes, Haiti has its shortcomings, and areas that need help and work- but don’t we all? Perhaps you could take the perspective that we are not elite or to snub our fellow brothers and sisters; rather, we’re given resources to help others. You’re failing to be the leader you’ve been put in position to be. Yes, I may agree with some of your policies, but you lack love. And we are bankrupt without love. 

Mr. President, I believe that you’re opinions no longer represent the majority. Please, do us a favor for the duration of your time in office, follow the old lesson we learned as children: “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.