I will leave it to Bob Ellis to get into the theology behind Focus on the Family’s James Dobson’s comments on Barack Obama’s speech regarding his faith. Not surprisingly Ellis agrees with Dobson but one thing in Dobson’s comments stuck out to me (besides the fruitcake reference). Ellis left it out of his post but Cory over at the Madville Times didn’t.
The proper theological response is, “Amen, brother!” Instead, James Dobson is saying that Obama is “deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology…. He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.” For good measure, Dobson also labels Obama’s position on abortion “a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution.” (emphasis mine)
Obama is deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the bible to fit his world view? Isn’t that true with most Bible based religions already? In fact isn’t that true with just about all religion and more importantly, isn’t that exactly what Dobson and Focus on the Family is all about?
There are how many different Bible based religions on this planet with just about everyone having a different “interpretation” of the same book. Priest can marry, or they can’t. Gays can marry, or they can’t. Old Testament, New Testament, and on and on. You could spend a lifetime learning the various differences.
And that is Dobson’s problem. He just can’t deal with the fact that his distorted Bible based world view isn’t as prevalent as he would like and for the first time in a while there isn’t a candidate running for the White House that he can support. In fact this fits right in with an new survey that shows while we are still a spiritual people, we are more understanding and tolerant of the beliefs of others. But unfortunately for Dobson and the shrinking number of his supporters, tolerance isn’t in their vocabulary.
It’s going to be a long 4 years for Dobson, no matter who wins this November…