Dobson v. Obama Pt2

Part One

So now I’ve had a chance to read through the transcript of the Dobson/Minnery discussion as well as read most of Obama’s speech.

Do I agree with everything Barack Obama has to say? No. Dr James Dobson? No. There’s not time to dig through every phrase on both sides of this issue. For the sake of this blog, I’m going to pick on Dr. Dobson.

It seems to me that he really parses Obama’s words in an unfair manner that doesn’t really reflect the tone of his speech. Dr. Dobson seems to feel that Obama is mounting a subversive attack on Christianity. While Obama may not be entirely clear or accurate in all he says, I don’t believe his intent is to be offensive. Dr. Dobson also characterizes the mention of his name in the speech as coming “under fire.” If you listen to the entire speech, I think that is a very inaccurate statement.

To be honest, I think Dobson’s reaction has more to do with his preconceived feelings towards Obama than the actual text of the speech. That gets into a whole other discussion on Evangelicals being “owned” by the Republican party, but that’s another blog.

The point is while Obama’s speech came across as searching for a proper way to balance faith and politics (whether or not you agree with his assumptions), the Dobson/Minnery discussion came across as the more unfriendly, unloving between the two. Which gets back to the conclusion of my previous post. Are we as Christians influencing culture by being salt and light, or by being offended and getting angry?

Just my thoughts. You can decide for yourself though.


Dobson v Obama Pt1

I almost didn’t post about this.  You may have read or heard about the upcoming segment that Dr. James Dobson will be broadcasting disagreeing with some statements from Barack Obama.  The media pile-on has begun.  Here’s a snippet:

Dobson and Minnery accused Obama of wrongly equating Old Testament texts and dietary codes that no longer apply to Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament.

“I think he’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology,” Dobson said.

“… He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.”

Read the full article here.

Do you feel like this is going to do much good, or will it just exacerbate the belief that all Christians are overly involved in politics?  It seems to me that the tone of the article reflected that belief.

Should we be so harsh on politicians, who are not ministers, about their theology?  Would we act this way towards a fellow Christian in our private life with whom we disagreed?  Obviously being a public figure makes words and beliefs more powerful, and one could even argue that Focus on the Family’s audience is Christians so this is just discussion within that community.  Except for the fact that they took the time to pre-release this statement to the Associated Press.

Is this what it means to be salt and light?

Give me your thoughts.  I’ll read the full statement from Dobson after it’s public for part two.