“They Lied to Me…”
Last week, Dr. James Dobson switched his endorsement from Trey Grayson to Rand Paul in the Kentucky US Senate GOP primary. Admitting that he had made an “embarrassing mistake”, He said:
“I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who is running in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me Dr. Paul is pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent. ”
We can be thankful, I suppose, that Dr. Dobson finally got it right. He also gets a few points for his willingness to openly admit his error. His endorsement of Rand Paul is a nice endorsement, and will hopefully help him to be elected. But a casual Google search revealed to anyone with an interest in politics, a desire for TRUTH, and a grain of discernment that Dr. Rand Paul is a man running against the establishment party hacks that have dissipated all good efforts at steering the ship of state to the better. He ACTUALLY strongly condemns the bailouts and associated fraudulent practices, takes a STRONG pro-life stand, and holds practically every position dear to the Christian Right, with no record of failure to work for these positions.
His opponent, Trey Grayson, is endorsed by the GOP “leadership”, and has the endorsements of Dick Cheney, Mitch McConnell and Rick Santorum (clue numbers 1, 2, and 3). What has he DONE for our causes as Kentucky Secretary of State? He has, it appears, all the marks of a politician who checks off the right blocks on the voters guide, and makes little effort to promote those values when in power. Sound familiar? It should…it’s the same routine as hundreds of other GOP hacks who have tricked the Christian Right out of their money and votes.
Dr. Dobson for decades, as part of his full time vocation and ministry, has been heavily involved in political causes, and looked upon as a premier leader of the “Christian Right”. In all that time, with all the money, resources, and time at his hands to spend on these things, he apparently failed to see what is intuitively obvious to anyone with a measure of discernment and a mind open to Biblical thinking (a “Christian world view” we have come to call it).
None of these things are difficult to find. Yet, Dr. Dobson complains that he was “misled” by high ranking GOP members, who told him that Rand Paul was “not pro-life”. Gotta be kidding…right? Nope, Dr. Dobson actually trusted GOP hacks…he just took their word for it!!! The trouble is that if you look at the past, it appears as though he has been doing it this way for 30 years.
Dr. Dobson: NEWS FLASH!!! The people who run the GOP will lie to you for political purposes.
Dr. Dobson: NEWS FLASH!!! The people who run the GOP are part of the corporate/government partnership that is stealing the accumulated wealth of generations of Americans!!! And you think you can just ASK them, and they will give you Godly advice on who is a good candidate??? Are you serious???
To those who have paid attention, the most baffling thing is how easily Christians are (and have been, over an over) deceived and misled into supporting anti-Christian agendas, based on rhetoric that is phony and shallow (see eight years of George W. Bush).
Dr. Dobson may do as he chooses. Whether it is through astounding blindness or for some other reason that he chooses to return to support those who cynically use him (and his followers) for crass political purposes we don’t know. But for decades, millions of Christians have gone to the “leaders” of the “Christian” “Right” for information, guidance, or leadership. It’s all been for naught, because these blind leaders of the blind have made a train wreck with the efforts, time, and money that people assumed were going to correct the wrong directions that our civil government has taken.
Let’s not confine this to “Dobson bashing”. Dr. Dobson is just a rather visible model of the typical evangelical “leader” in the political realm. I can recall a few Christian University chancellors who foolishly endorsed the secular humanists Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney in the last presidential primary election, because “you don’t want the Democrat (gasp!) to win, do you?” And there were many more. Maybe when Christians repudiate “leaders” like these Christian University presidents, and begin to fear God more than they fear the Democrat party, God will turn things for us. Whether He does or not, we owe Him trust and obedience, not support of His enemies because those who would be obedient to Him “can’t win”. What an insult.
There have been a few voices pleading, for years, for Christians to open their eyes and see all of this; now there is only pain in having earned the right to say “we told you so”.
It’s long past time for Christians to begin to think and act Biblically in the realm of politics. We teach the kids in Sunday school the great lessons of David and Goliath, Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, and Daniel, and then support godless politicians because they “aren’t as bad as the other one, and the other guy (the Godly Christian candidate) doesn’t stand a chance.” No wonder America faces God’s judgment.
~ Jim Mogel