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The Higher the Expectations, The More Prone To Disappoint

In 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Leadership on December 9, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Politico has a report regarding the President-elect’s appointments to his cabinet as well as some of his agenda:

Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.

Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.

Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.

“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it’s all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn’t there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?”

Even supporters make clear they’re on the lookout for backsliding. “There’s a concern that he keep his basic promises and people are going to watch him,” said Roger Hickey, a co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future.

These small paragraphs give all leaders one good moral maxim to stand by: “The higher the expectations, the more prone to disappoint.” Barack Obama’s campaign was filled with promises for progressive (read: liberal) change, therefore many progressives were rejoicing at his election, feeling that he would implement that change immediately.

I do commend Obama for coming in, evaluating the situation, and realizing that changes do take time. One man cannot implement change all by himself, especially when the often inconvenient system of checks and balances are in place. Plus, the man is not officially president yet!

Nehemiah was a leader who understood the need to discern and evaluate the situation before running hogwild into his mission. He heard the problems (Nehemiah 1:1-3), began praying to the God of heaven for wisdom (4-11), came to the leaders with the problem as well as a solution (2:1-8), then surveyed the situation himself (2:9ff) before coming up with a plan (2:19ff).

So regardless, let your expectations match reality.

Podcast #14 Is Now Up: Reflections on the Presidential Election 2008

In 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Politics on November 7, 2008 at 11:03 am

Our Treasure The Word Podcast is now up. You can download the mp3 as well or sign-up on iTunes.

Rick Warren Asks John McCain About Abortion

In 2008 Presidential Election, Abortion, John McCain, Politics on August 17, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Again, Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange Valley, California, asks John McCain about abortion. What do you think?

The Crucial Issue for a Barack Obama Presidency? Partial-Birth Abortion!

In 2008 Presidential Election, Abortion, Barack Obama on May 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

From Justin Taylor’s blog:

Every evangelical should watch the first 10 minutes or so of this speech by Barack Obama, delivered to Planned Parenthood in July 2007. It contains an impassioned defense of partial-birth abortion.

Note carefully:

“This is what is at stake in this election.”

“It is time to write a new chapter in American history.”

“I have worked on these issues for decades now.”

“This election is not just about playing defense, it’s about playing offense. It’s not just about defending what is, it’s about creating what might be in this country.”

“On this issue, I will not yield.”

More on Obama: “Don’t Punish Them With a Baby”

In 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama on April 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Would Barack Obama allow his daughter to have an abortion? Yes he would. Look at his stunning logic!

More on Obama: “Don’t Punish Them With a Baby”

In 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama on April 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Would Barack Obama allow his daughter to have an abortion? Yes he would. Look at his stunning logic!

Obama Believes the Sermon on the Mount Justifies Homosexual Unions? O-K!

In 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Culture, Politics, Theology on March 4, 2008 at 10:51 pm

An excerpt:

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a crowd at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, Sunday that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. He also told the crowd that his position in favor of legalized abortion does not make him “less Christian.”

To read the entire article, click here.

For the record, this is a horrible example of biblical exegesis. Bringing one’s worldview into the interpretive process of reading Scripture is dangerous and foolhardy. Beside, if he wants to talk about homosexuality, why did he neglect to address this passage:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ [28] But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [29] If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. [30] And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell (Matthew 5:27-30, ESV).

What’s the issue? Lust. Plus, Jesus addressed male-female unions (also known as marriage) in Matthew 19

[3] And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” [4] He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, [5] and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’? [6] So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:3-6, ESV).

While I realize I am not voting for a theologian-in-chief, I just have to say, “Come on! Be consistent! Read all of what Jesus says and put together the pieces.” It honestly makes me wonder how he will read his own worldview into the Constitution.


(HT: Derick Dickens)