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A Reply to Dobson's Letter

A Reply to Dobson's Letter

Focus on The Family Action released a 16 page letter titled “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America,” on October 22.

Focus on The Family Action released a 16 page letter titled “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America,” on October 22. I would highly suggest getting a copy of the letter and reading it for yourself. Here is a link to The Dobson Letter.

The letter was written to portray what life would be like in the future should Barack Obama, a Christian, become President. In the first page the letter, from a future Christian, states its purpose:

“So here is a picture of the changes that are likely or at least very possible if Senator Obama is elected and the far-Left segments of the Democratic Party gain control of the White House, the Congress, and perhaps then the Supreme Court.”

Hold onto your hats … this letter has some bombs in it.

According to Focus on the Family here a few of the 25 events that will likely take place if Barack Obama is elected:

* The Supreme Court would pass law that legalizes same sex marriage across the US
* Elementary schools will mandate homosexuality as a choice to children
* Christian radio stations will be removed from the airwaves
* Churches will be forced to hire homosexuals and host homosexual weddings–or lose 501c3
* Christian nurses and doctors banned from practice–after Obama forces them to do abortions.
* Pornography is mandated to be openly displayed in gas stations, newsstands, and grocery stores
* Home Schooling has been outlawed
* 4 US cities have been bombed, Obama does nothing in response
* Obama increases funding to known terrorist allies.
* Obama deepens ties to Communist nations and Communist revolutions break out in Latin America
* Tel Aviv is destroyed when the new USSR launches a nuclear attack against Israel.

That’s a brief look at the world from Focus on The Family’s perspective should Obama be elected. All of these things assume that Obama does nothing to stop these events or perhaps encourages them.

The letter wraps with the future Christian asking the question: “Who is to blame?” I find it unfortunate that Dobson points the finger at naive Christians who have voted for Obama.

My Reaction to James Dobson & Focus on the Family.

I’m not a political writer and this is not a political commentary.

I am not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. So I’m not coming from the standard pro-Obama viewpoint. I’m not here to defend Barack Obama, or John McCain. I’m here to ask what Jesus would think about all this.

This letter is a direct reflection of James Dobson’s worldview… a worldview many assume reflects the heart of Jesus. That puts the proverbial ball into my wheelhouse.

Here are my conclusions from this published letter.

I see nothing distasteful about religious people endorsing a candidate:

Religious people should have the right to endorse and promote their candidate. This is good and healthy. It’s the American way. Pastors of churches legally have the right to abstain from influencing their congregations politically. However, many influencers in the world of Christianity are not legally pastors. They may be writers or speakers.

It is my opinion that religious voices need to be a part of the conversation in our country. So on this account– Focus on the Family and Dobson deserve to be commended for engaging.

Change happens within the context of dialogue–not slander:

We have a responsibility to represent the name of Jesus with integrity. People are watching. You want to know why there is even a fear of “hate speech” laws being enacted? Read this letter. Why do homosexuals claim Christians hate them? Read this letter. Why are Christians increasingly being marginalized in society? Read this letter folks … and you will know exactly why we’re at this crossroads in society. I’m ashamed at the tactics taken by Dobson and his crew.

This letter is not about creating meaningful dialogue. We cant scream–“If Obama gets elected the world will end!” setting forth apocalyptic visions–and then claim, “We love all people, including Barck Obama.”

We can’t slander a man so disgracefully in the name of “Truth” and then expect a pat on the back come Judgment day.

We all reap what we sow.

If we slander “them” (whoever that may be) … don’t be shocked when they slander us.

Which begs the question– does Focus on the Family even care about slandering someone publicly? What does the Bible have to say? What about Jesus–is this His Way?

This letter’s tone and intent does not reflect the Way of Jesus.

The Way of Jesus is different from society’s.

Jesus conquered through love … not fear. Certainly not hate. This letter reflects the way of society–not Jesus. What happens if Focus on the Family is “successful” in its campaign against Obama? If you overpower a strong man through violence and slander–don’t be shocked when a more powerful and more persuasive person throws you off the hill soon. This is the pattern of politics–and society– that Focus on the Family has stooped to.

Even if Obama was evil–and Focus on the Family helps defeat him with a slanderous letter–all Dobson has accomplished is to repeat the cycle of society.

He has missed the whole point of Jesus.

Jesus showed us a new Way. A Way that compels followers to love our enemies so extravagantly that the watching world rises to our defense, or walks away compelled to investigate further. A Way that sheds light on conversions through follower’s unwillingness to fight fire with fire. A Way that shows the world what it truly means to be human. This is the Way of Jesus. The pattern of Jesus. It is a Way of love. A conquering and raging love, unstoppable, unshakable– and unmistakably different from what we demonstrated in this letter

In Conclusion.

Ultimately, its not my place to judge or condemn Dobsons tactics. But it is frustrating and sad that this letter will muddy the name of Jesus–and I certainly cant see how it advances The Kingdom of God. In general, I will continue my assigned work for The Kingdom of God– and let The Foreman deal with other workers. We never find Jesus chasing people around and shouting them down … I honestly believe God will let people expose themselves for who they are– for good or for evil. I choose to see Dobson as a brother who has lost his perspective; perhaps he will read his own letter and realize the path he has chosen. Perhaps my letter will open dialogue. Either way I love him and Barack Obama—because that’s who I choose to be.

My last question to Dobson would be this: The opening paragraph of your letter warns about Obama and quotes Jesus in Matthew 7:16. Jesus says: “you will recognize them by their fruits.”

“Dr. Dobson–I see your fruit–what type of tree does that come from?”


Jimmy Spencer

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