Ben Cole has written some excellent observations about Dr. James Dobson's most recent outburst.
If I might add some material. I agree that Dobson has grown increasingly shrill over time. On the one hand, I admire him for taking a stand, on the other I despise some of what he's done for a few reasons:
1. He comports with Rome in such a way that he seemingly reduces his faith to a system of ethics. John Paul II's death serves as a prime example. Dobson was right to applaud him for his stance on abortion, but he was wrong to pretend that he was just another Christian.
2. Apropos 1, I think he has some serious theological problems, namely, he needs to get a handle on the gospel of justification by faith alone, the doctrine of sanctification, and especially start calling the churches to repent.
3. Apropos 1 and 2, I think he has so immersed himself in the world of politics that he's lost or losing sight of the fact that, while pushing against abortion "rights" and gay marriage "rights" is a laudable and worthy pursuit, anti-abortion legislation and constitutional amendments against gay marriage do nothing about the causes of abortion and homosexuality. I'm tired of churches that will literally pass a petition against gay marriage around the pews and yet they won't do anything to witness to the homosexuals in their community. Ministries like Harvest USA are struggling because of that attitude.
4. Which gets me to an observation that some of our readers may find distasteful. When all is said and done, I'm not very concerned about who is "prolife" and "anti-gay marriage" in this election cycle. I'm more concerned that the people of this nation are deeply divided because they don't feel they can trust each other, the media, and their government. What the country needs is somebody who can unite the people; I could care less about the two parties and what different factions among their leaders want. Yes, the financial problems of this nation have taken a toll on the economy, but also consider that when the morale of a company is low, productivity declines. Why shouldn't the nation be the same?
In my own state, we've had multiple officials sent to the federal prisons in the past two years because of high level corruption. I'm willing at this point to vote out anybody and put somebody new in just to purge the General Assembly of NC, the Office of Governor, and the Council of State. I can live with a pagan in office if he's honest, I can't live with men who profess Christ and turn out to be dishonest, like one of my state representatives.
a. The churches are in disarray, people. Look around us. When the SBC can't pass a simple resolution on regenerate church membership, something is wrong. We've lost or are losing the gospel.
b. The gospel, not legislation, is what this nation needs. Maybe the country is in such a hole right now morally because the church is sliding closer to apostasy.
c. I'd add that when the Lord returns, Scripture implies that one reason He returns is because the covenant community is in a sorry state, so sorry that it takes His physical presence to correct it. As a result, the world gets caught up in the judgment too. Every "Day of the Lord" in the Bible has been preceded by this. Why should the next differ?
d. The Church thrived under persecution in the early years. Maybe the American Church needs some good old fashioned persecution to weed out some of the dross and get back on mission. We're reaping what we have sowed ourselves.