Love Speaks Up  Special Interview with Dr. James Dobson

Love Speaks Up Special Interview with Dr. James Dobson

NOV15NLNovember 2015

The fabric of American society is changing. Freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and other documents on which this country was founded are being systematically overturned. Christians have largely remained silent. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is accredited with saying, “The greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” While his statement was made regarding the civil rights issues of his day, it still applies to the problems facing the American public today.

According to the United States Census Bureau, only half of the American people voted in the last general election. And though recent Gallup polls cite that more than 75 percent of the population identify as Christians, other statistics say that fewer than 25 percent of them vote! According to Founding Father Noah Webster, “The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty [voting]; if the citizens neglect their duty, and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good, so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded” (brackets added).

Andrew Wommack recently met with prominent Christian leader and family activist Dr. James Dobson to discuss this very issue. During the interview, Andrew mentioned some of the issues that have gone before the Supreme Court, including homosexual marriage and abortion. Both he and Dr. Dobson expressed concern – not just over these issues but also over the Christian response to them: “The Supreme Court ruling that sanctioned gay marriage has grieved me…. But what grieved me even more was the Christian response to it. Or the lack of response,” Andrew said.

Dr. Dobson replied, “When that decision was handed down, my thought was the same as yours: Lord, let God’s people stand up and oppose this because it’s wrong. It is evil.”

Many Christians have been bullied into thinking that speaking up for their beliefs is “intolerant” or “hateful,” but according to Leviticus 19:17, refusing to address sin in a person’s life is the ultimate portrayal of hate. The Bible doesn’t teach tolerance; it teaches love. And love speaks the truth:

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
Leviticus 19:17
We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. [15] Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Ephesians 4:14b-15
(New Living Translation)

“It’s not hate to tell a person that what they’re doing is destructive to them[selves] and to other people,” Andrew said. “It’s love to tell a person if the bridge is out and they’re going to die if they go that way. I think that somehow…the homosexual movement has gained, in a sense, the high ground, to where if you say anything opposed to their agenda, they say you are a hater.”

“I’ve been on the radio about as long as [Andrew has],” Dr. Dobson replied. “…[My concern is]…they’ve [the homosexual movement] achieved everything they’ve set out to do. And what I started to say is that in all that time, I have never been disrespectful to homosexuals. I’ve never been mean. … I just disagreed with their agenda. You can’t win people to Christ if you’re calling them names. So, they say that I’m hate filled and all those things. But I’ve never – I mean, it’s all on the record. Every program I’ve ever done is recorded. I’ve never done that because I don’t believe in it. But I am committed to a Christian, Judeo-Christian, ethic and especially the institution
of marriage.”

Dr. Dobson continued, regarding the homosexual movement, “It’s a strategy. … One of the lies is that everybody who doesn’t accept that whole agenda and everything that goes with it is doing that because
of bigotry.”

Andrew and Dr. Dobson went on to discuss previous Supreme Court decisions with terrible social impact on the American people. One of those decisions, the Dred Scott case from 1857, ruled that blacks were not fully human and thus could be owned and treated as property, without government interference. “But the Supreme Court was wrong on that one,” Dr. Dobson said. “Abraham Lincoln brought about the Emancipation Proclamation and overrode the Supreme Court. I wish somebody had the guts to do that today.”

Later in the interview, Andrew said, “I just got a thing last night from…WallBuilders, and [Senator] Ted Cruz is bringing something in front of…Congress, trying to defund Planned Parenthood over all of [this] selling of aborted babies. And he called on the pastors to pray and [said] before we go to Congress, if we don’t bathe this in prayer, we’re destined to lose. …Most people are asking for the politicians to be like the Christians. But here is a politician asking the ministers…to rise up and to be like him, and I think that’s good.”

“The most recent Planned Parenthood video that was released is so grotesque that you can hardly listen to it,” Dr. Dobson said. He shared that in it, they talk about “a baby whose brains are taken out…a live baby whose heart is beating. …That is wickedness…I firmly believe that God will not be mocked. Those babies belong to Him, and He will not tolerate that.”

“So, we pray and we vote. Is there anything else?” Andrew asked. “The average person is sitting there saying, ‘What else can I do?’”

Dobson answered, “Well, we’re in a river. I call it the river of culture, and it flows one way…it takes you downstream. It never takes you upstream. And if you’re in that river, it is so difficult to not become part of where that leads. It takes tremendous self-control and instruction and prayer to walk upstream against the river. But…have the courage to be one of those who will stand up and be counted.” He also said, “You know, in a democracy like this, we’re all 1/350 millionth part of the government. … We have a responsibility for our input to the way the government is run. And that means to vote!”

Andrew then said, “I’ve had some people approach me and say, ‘Well, Paul lived in an antagonistic government system, and yet he just went on and preached the gospel.’ The difference is…Paul was a minister of the Gospel, but we aren’t just ministers of the Gospel. We’re also Americans [who] have constitutional rights. And what we’re talking about is I can serve under any government and go to prison and be beaten for it. But as Americans…we have a responsibility and an opportunity to turn this thing around.’’

“The Dred Scott decision was overturned,” Andrew pointed out, “and we could see these things overturned. It’s happened before. It could happen again.” He also declared, “I still believe that godly people are the majority…in this nation…. If American Christians were to stand together…we could turn the tide to this thing.”

As Noah Webster said, “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character…” and “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God” (2 Sam. 23:3).

Andrew believes it is time to unite and stand together as the body of Christ. He is promoting a Declaration of Dependence upon God and His Holy Bible. (You can read it on the next page.) His intention is to get as many people as possible to sign it and then put the Declaration in a full-page ad in major newspapers with everyone’s names prominently printed. This is going to be powerful! Together, we can stand up and raise a standard that cannot be ignored.