One of the reasons I started this blog was I was tired of Dobson and Robertson being the voice of Evangelicals. I wanted a place to vent when they pontificate from on high, a place to say, "They don't speak for me or anyone else I know." I'm here for such a time as this:
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared to throw cold water on a possible presidential bid by former Sen. Fred Thompson while praising former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also weighing a presidential run, in a phone interview Tuesday.(via)
"Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for," Dobson said of Thompson. "[But] I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression," Dobson added, saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Thompson, took issue with Dobson's characterization of the former Tennessee senator. "Thompson is indeed a Christian," he said. "He was baptized into the Church of Christ."
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."
Dobson has no right to judge whether Thompson is a Christian, he doesn't have the ability to tell who's in and who isn't, no one does. Dobson is trying to take the place of the Holy Spirit:
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of GodIt doesn't say, "Go ask Dobson, he's knows who's a child of God."
And we all know that you can say you're a Christian and act like you aren't the minute you're elected.
Besides, Dobson's focus is all wrong, it really doesn't matter if Newt or Thompson are Christians because we are electing a president not a pastor.
Republicans, stop going to this guy and getting his approval! Freeze him out of the process! He doesn't speak for us and he can't assure our vote. He needs to be humbled.