Friday, May 18, 2007

James Dobson: You Have it Wrong

The following was taking from an article on cnn.com

{WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Religious conservative leader James Dobson will sit out the 2008 presidential election if former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the Republican presidential nominee, he wrote Thursday in an online column.

"If given a Hobson's -- Dobson's? -- choice between him and Senators Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran -- or if worse comes to worst, not vote in a presidential election for the first time in my adult life. My conscience and my moral convictions will allow me to do nothing else."}

First, for any who don't know me, I am not a liberal Christian who doesn't think that morals are important for a president or that we do not have a moral obligation to vote for the most God-honoring candidate possible. Second, I am by no means a Giuliani supporter. However, I do think that Dobson is dead wrong on this issue.

He is right not to support Giuliani for his immoral stances on gay marriage and abortion, but to say that he would not vote in the election if Giuliani is the candidate is wrong and it is wrong for him to portray the image that it is un-Christian to do so. You may say, "He never said it was un-Christian to vote for Giuliani." You are right he never said that, but given his position and influence, the comments he made portray that this is the case.

Okay, so why do I say he is dead wrong to say these things? Well, he clearly wants the president to be an evangelical Christian (as all evangelical Christians should) or to hold to the same values as evangelicals (which we all should as well) so that a Christian political agenda would move forward, thus making this a better country. When carried out to its end result his comments seem to say that if a Christian (or one who holds particular Christian values) is not on the ballot, he is not voting. This is where he has it wrong and he is not alone in having it wrong here because there are many other well-meaning Christians that share his view.

They have it wrong because they spend an extraordinary amount of time and resources seeking to transform our society through politics. Guess what, politics is never going to transform our society! The gospel is! Dobson and others like him who attend and hold "Christian" rallies and such in order to transform society need to revisit the book of Acts. Society is transformed through people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior not through a bunch of self-interested, self-promoting, ego-driven politicians.

Thus, Dobson and others have a lot of misdirected passion that should be refocused on proclaiming the gospel through their words and works to the lost and broken people in our society. Don't get me wrong, as Christians we should work hard to help get the most God-honoring politicians elected, but if neither candidate in the general election holds to our moral views across the board, we are responsible to exercise the GOD-GIVEN privilege it is to vote for the candidate that will honor Christ most with his or her position, power, and influence. Chances are we will not get many evangelical candidates and even if we do we can't look to them for the answer to our country's problems - we must look to Jesus in the individual lives of our people. He is the real answer Mr. Dobson.

By the way, I am leaning toward a particular candidate right now (NOT Giuliani) but it is too early to post it here because it may come back to bite me in the weeks and months to come.

4 comments:

JEJ said...

1 Timothy 2:1-6 ::: Pray for All People

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time."

Paul's instructions for proper relations to our national leaders: prayer...for their salvation. We are to pray for and honor and love (in the 1 Tim 1:5 way) those God has placed (and is placing) over us. You're right, Trevor, politics shouldn't be our hope; rather, Christ should become their hope. I'm sure Mr. Dobson was somewhat taken out of context (in the full article which I read), but I read condemnation in his words, not the kind of honor and love and prayer that God calls for.

Ah, if we all poured into the gospel the energy we pour into peripheral pursuits.

Trevor Holloway said...

You got it, Jeff! Well said. I appreciate your insight.

veilofdreams said...

man, dont you all know that obama is a shoe in? think about it... he's black, white, has a muslim name, preaches in Christian churches and is good looking... give him a wheelchair and call it a landslide.

muchlove:lauren

Annick said...

Good for people to know.