Monday, July 01, 2019

Christian family values

Randal Rauser
James Dobson says media is not 'truthful' in reporting on migrant detention centers. Conservative Christian family values on display...

I’m questioning his family values. Dobson is silent on Trump’s policy of child separation and delaying of refugee claimants and incredibly suggests the government should “just deny these refugees access to this nation. Can’t we just send them back to their places of origin?”

That’s a violation of the UN Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. It’s also a violation of basic humanity and compassion, not to mention the ethic of Jesus (Matthew 25:31-46). Dobson is a propagandist for an administration engaging in unChristian actions.

True family values would denounce the policy instituted by Jeff Sessions to separate children and demoralize parents. Shutting the border to refugees? Unbelievable.

A revealing window into the mind of a progressive theologian:

i) It's not my objective to exegete Dobson's statements. He's not my spokesman. I'm more interested in Rauser's reaction.

ii) For Rauser, the UN is the moral and theological arbiter of what constitutes Christian family values. For Rauser, the Bible isn't the Christian moral authority but the UN. 

iii) Typically, Rauser cites Mt 25:31-46 out of context. But as standard commentaries explain, that has reference to persecuted Christians.

iv) Even if, for argument's sake, we grant Rauser's (mis-)interpretation, Jesus isn't Rauser's moral authority. Rauser is quite prepared to dismiss dominical teachings. He defends a Kenotic Christology where Jesus was a fallible child of his times. 

v) Whether the individuals are refugees is hardly a given. Many illegal immigrants (or even terrorists) game the system by pretending to be refugees or asylum-seekers.

vi) Christian family values are concentric. You have a greater duty to protect and provide for your own dependents.

vii) The policy antedates the Trump administration. 

viii) Is Rauser unaware of how much child-trafficking goes on under the guise of "refugees"? 


  1. --Dobson is silent on Trump’s policy of child separation--

    --Is Rauser unaware of how much child-trafficking goes on under the guise of "refugees"?--

    Yes, I wonder why they separate the children from their 'relatives':

  2. My understanding is that the child separation policy has been in place since 2015 at the behest of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

    The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are not "refugees" but economic migrants who were sneaking across the U.S. border and got caught. Some of them then claim asylum, taking advantage of (and overloading) our charitable system of dealing with real refugees.