Great Pastoral Counsel from Jeffrey J. Meyers on Settling Into the Second Term
Full disclosure, Jeff is our pastor at Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA). I thought this was a post full wise advice and insight.
So Barack Obama won. He won pretty handily if you count the electoral votes (303-206). The popular vote was a little closer (61 to 58 million), and some of the contested State votes that gave him the electoral advantage were very close. Even so, take a moment to compare this to the 2008 election. Back then Obama got almost 70 million votes and McCain about 60 million. 11 million less people voted this time around. And what is a more surprising, Romney got 2 million less votes than McCain did back in 2008.
Okay. So three days after the election, what do I think about all of this? First, whatever the numbers may be, I will be amazed if President Obama is able to do much of anything this term. He’s not a leader. He’s a campaigner. He’s been campaigning for the last 5 years. He’s got professionals that advise him well. He knows what people want. He’s got a knack for appealing to certain kinds of people, which as this election has shown, turns out to be the majority of the voting public. But he hasn’t done anything in the past four years worthy of the name “leadership.” He’s “led from behind” on every issue, even the big ones like the stimulus and Obama care. He’s not a leader. He’s a campaigner.