For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? -- Matthew 5: 46-47 (ESV)
James Dobson has been a political hack disguised as a Christian for several decades now. A more obvious NAR dominionist is hard to find. So when I saw his latest article at Charisma News where he claimed he was going to 'set the record straight" about the border I knew it was going to be what you will find at the above link. What Dobson obviously meant was that he was going to try and lure evangelicals into believing the current administration talking points, truth be damned. It is actually a continual embarrassment when people claiming leadership roles in Christianity allow themselves to be used so transparently by carnal mind politicians. Just today it is being reported by Pastor Sam Rodriguez that we should all doubt what we saw the day before in picture and video taken by numerous Congressional representatives. Nope, everything is just fine here at the border, nothing to see, move along. Really Pastor? You know discernment can go beyond biblical issues. You can discern when you are being used as propaganda. When a conservative immigration think tank invites you to tour right after all the bad press the day before, what did you expect to see? Can't you see how foolish you look when the Inspector General's Report on this very subject comes out yesterday confirming what the Congressional representatives claimed was occurring at the border? Rodriguez also came to the defense of the border agents, many of whom I assume are good decent people doing a thankless job. Except there's that darn secret Facebook group that over 9000 of them belonged to that mocked the death of migrants and posted doctored sexual memes of the very female representatives that had toured their facilities this week. Nothing to see here, right.
The truth is that siding with the state sanctioned child abuse at the border has no Christian value or defense. If all you can do is mutter something about obeying the law and Romans 13 then you have no argument and you have no defense. The abuse of Romans 13 is well known amongst NAR dominionists. Yes as Christians we are to obey the laws of the land knowing they come from God but then what about abortion? That is the law of the land yet Christians have been apoplectically railing against this for decades. We do not abuse scripture in such a manner. We are either consistent or hypocritical. Please, do not play whataboutism games with me either. This issue is not about politics. It is about the seven kids who have died under our watch. It is about 70 people jammed into a space built for 30. It is about an administration that plays to our basest instincts of fear and wanting to blame someone else for our lot in life. More importantly it is about who we claim to believe in and what He taught. If you believe Jesus checked the papers first of the children He said to allow to come to Him then you must own a different bible than I have. As we progress through the above linked article, I can only imagine where James Dobson is going to fall on this issue:
"Dear Friends, several weeks ago, I was invited by White House staff to visit our southern border at McAllen, Texas, where federal agents are struggling to deal with a massive influx of poor and destitute human beings. They come in never-ending waves. Please believe me when I tell you that the media and leftist politicians have not been truthful about what is going on there. It is a human tragedy. I promised the exhausted U.S. Custom and Border Patrol agents that I would go home and tell as many people as possible what I had seen "up close and personal." Today, I am attempting to fulfill that commitment." -- James Dobson
Invited by White House staff to tour the facilities? Gee, I wonder why? Now I expect nothing less from Dobson who has been pimping NAR dominionism for decades now. He is all in on the Republican Party and they simply can do no wrong in his eyes. It is nothing short of pure idolatry. It is people like Rodriguez that are disappointing. People who should know better. Most discerning Christians know Dobson is a crank but Rodriguez carries some Christian street cred that he is casting away to allow himself to be so used. To not be able to figure out the agenda of the people who are inviting you. We can see from Dobson's opening statement that he is nothing more than a shill. This is being portrayed as God fearing people against the boogeymen of the media and the "leftists." The other card they will continually play is to exalt the border agents to play the heartstrings of those who respect our first responders. Except there are those 9000 agents who were caught red handed in that secret Facebook group. Oops. You must see beloved that in order for James Dobson to be telling the truth we must dismiss the proof of this Facebook group and its vile postings. We must downplay that this secret group had over 9000 members from the Border Patrol. In order for Sam Rodriguez to be telling the truth, we must forget the pictures we all saw earlier this week and the videos taken.
"Approximately 5,500 people show up every day in districts organized along our southern U.S. border. McAllen is the site of only one of them, but it is the busiest and most besieged. The "refugees" arrive exhausted and ragged from walking hundreds of miles. Among them are large numbers of children, many of whom are unaccompanied by a caring adult. Last year, 382,000 aliens were apprehended for illegally crossing into this country and almost 100,000 of them were minors. Some of the kids have been abused along the way. Many of them carry lice, scabies or other diseases. Currently, the facility I visited is experiencing a flu epidemic, and there are no additional beds on which to lie. Some of the women have been raped. More than 70 people of all ages are sent to local hospitals daily along the southern border. Doctors and medical staff are overwhelmed by their patient load. Remember that word, "overwhelmed." It describes every aspect of the effort to deal with the situation there. The most heart-wrenching experience occurred during our tour of the holding area. It is a huge gym-like building consisting of dozens of fenced-in areas. Each one is crowded with detainees standing or sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on benches. They stared out at us with plaintive eyes. I noticed that almost none of them were talking to each other. The children looked traumatized and frightened. Tears flooded my eyes as I stood before them. They had no toys or dolls except for a few items bought by compassionate border patrol agents. One tiny girl clutched something that resembled a doll bought for her by an agent." -- James Dobson
Wait a minute. I thought James had said that what the media and leftist politicians were saying was untrue? What Dobson describes here is exactly what the media and politicians have described. Why is the word refugee in quotes James? A refugee is someone forced to leave their country due to war, persecution or disaster. That is who these people are James. Stop dehumanizing them in Jesus' name. Yes this situation has been overwhelming but how long are you willing to allow that fact to excuse incompetence and cruelty? How long are you going to turn a blind eye to the money being made by the companies profiteering off of this tragedy, one of which is run by former Chief of Staff, John Kelly? You speak about the medical staff but make no mention of the other doctors who are begging to be allowed in to help these people and are denied access.