Thursday, March 29, 2007

Evangelical Arrogance

Check out this recent US News & World Report story. What struck me is this exchange which follows James Dobson's assertion that he doesn't think Fred Thompson is a Christian.

"In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith."

"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added. "Dr. Dobson wasn't expressing a personal opinion about his reaction to a Thompson candidacy; he was trying to 'read the tea leaves' about such a possibility.""

So, let me get this straight. Evangelicals are the only real Christians. That means the world's Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Mainline Protestants are not Christians. I really can't imagine a more arrogant statement that this man could utter.

Do we need to recount the evils from which the evangelicals have averted their eyes? The AIDS Crisis (until recently) The plight of the poor throughout the world has been largely ignored. Yet we have the chutzpah to judge whether someone who is a Christian is or is not a "real" Christian based on whether they talk about their faith.

Just a thought. What if they live out their faith rather than talk about it.

That is a show I imagine Dr. Dobson will not be airing anytime soon.


bishopman said...

Has Thompson ever claimed to be a Christian? I honestly don't know if he has. I'm not exactly comfortable with Dobson as king maker.

I know some wonderful Christians that I would be horrified to see as President, Dobson included.

Who does Dobson prefer? Guilani? Thrice married. McCain? Never claimed to be an evangelical. Romney? Mormon. There are no other real Republican contenders. Sorry, Brownback, et al.

Roy said...


bishopman said...

Gingrich is on wife three, I believe. He divorced his first wife while she had cancer. He was having an affair during the impeachment thing. He's a real upstanding character.