Tim Tebow and Jim Dobson: "He was my friend, faithful and just to me"...

He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man….
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.

(Tim, w/thanks to many) Like Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind, Jim Dobson's breakout book, Dare to Discipline, was rejected by many publishers before one gave it a try--in Dobson's case, my father-in-law's Tyndale House Publishers. Later, Dad Taylor gave money to Jim to do a radio show, and the rest is history.

I am not ashamed of Dr. James Dobson. Rather, I've long expressed my deep gratitude for Jim's work on the air and in print. Few men have contributed so much Biblical instruction to my flocks. When the history of the late twentieth century is written, it will become clear Jim was one of the most courageous warriors for truth and mercy and justice in these United States.

You may have noticed on this blog that I've never mentioned the name of that publication in Wheaton calling itself Christianity Today. One reason is their sotto voce attacks on Jim Dobson. Among Wheaton's detelligentsia, it's hip to smirk when Dobson's name comes up, and CT has taken its cue and place among the pea-shooters.

This has been very discouraging for Jim; it's hurt him, his wife Shirley, and their children.

I can hear the exclamations: "Hello! How does Tim Keller feel about your criticism, dude? Something about the splinter and the log!"

Fair enough...

Let me simply point out that it's been the hatred of our cultural elite showered on Dr. Dobson I believe has caused Wheaton's best and brightest and CT to distance themselves from him. Meanwhile, Tim Keller's been the toast of the Eastern seaboard's chattering classes. And both Evangelicalism and the Submergent church have joined the fawning over him.

Beyond that are little signs Biblical vision and discernment may help us pick up on: for instance, Dr. Dobson stands at the gaps in the wall and opposes the forces of Hell. Unlike others, you won't have to look closely to see and hear his relentless attacks on the normalization of sodomy and feminism and pornography and the slaughter of our unborn children and the state-enforced starvation of our feeble and frail.

Yes, he's a Nazarene. But like Job, he's a righteous man:

When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the square, the young men saw me and hid themselves, and the old men arose and stood. The princes stopped talking and put their hands on their mouths; the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to their palate. For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it gave witness of me, because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, and I made the widow’s heart sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I investigated the case which I did not know. I broke the jaws of the wicked and snatched the prey from his teeth. (Job 29:7-17)

Wheaton isn't alone, though, in sniffing at Jim Dobson. If we believe the spirituality-of-the-church brothers, we'll understand good pastors avoid the places where righteous men like Job break the jaws of the wicked and snatch the prey from his teeth. Or, from the redemptive-historical camp, David Van Drunen puts it this way in his "Biblical Theology and the Culture War" from Kerux: "Most important of all, it (his brief look at Biblical theology) teaches us the culture war rages in Babylon, not in the Promised Land."

Seen a reformed man at your baby-slaughterhouse, recently, crying out to those on the highway to Hell to repent and turn? Offering to feed and clothe and pay for the medical care of the baby's mother as she takes her first fledgling steps of faith?

No. That's the calling of Dr. Dobson. And Clarence Thomas. Let the Southern Baptists do it--they have no theology, anyway, and serve so nicely as Presbyterians' Sabbath goyim.

But I digress...

After decades at the lists, the Good Doctor is getting too old to carry the banner. Focus on the Family is trying to cut the umbilical cord from its aging founder and I'm guessing this year's much-hated Tim Tebow ad is partly Focus on the Family's response to a financial crisis that led, a couple months ago, to the elimination of 200 positions. The ad is said to have cost $200k to produce and $2 million to run, but some estimate it will pay off well, providing FOTF upwards of $10 million in exposure.

In the midst of the baby-haters' sturm and drang over the national announcement of Tim Tebow's mother's love for life and repudiation of murder, FOTF announced it would be running several more ads in the lead-up to the Super Bowl's kickoff.

On the sad occasion of the resignation of Jim and Shirley Dobson from Focus on the Family effective February 26, 2010, God bless Jim Dobson. And as we turn to the future, God bless Mrs. Tebow. And her son, Tim.

God bless all those men and women who still believe that "pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."

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For one of the more passive-aggressive attacks on Tebow mother and child, check out this forwarded to me by son Taylor.

And if you'd like to join my wife and me in sending a letter of appreciation to the Dobsons, please address it to:

Appreciation for Dr. James Dobson; Focus on the Family; Colorado Springs, CO 80995-1234.

Comments

I read in our op pages the other day a lady who described herself as "pro-choice" who stated that though she disagreed with the Tebow FOTF ad, "we need more Tim Tebow's" in our society who won't bed down with every woman they get the chance too. Needless to say it was a very interesting piece.

"But he's still a young man, still breathing the fumes of a home-schooled background with two parents who believe in the inerrancy of every single word of the Bible."

Yeah, Tebow is young and at 22 can't have any beliefs, right? He's just a kid, for cryin' out loud!

But we allow young girls, molested by their fathers and pressed into prostitution, who are completely adult and able to decide to kill their unborn child. Sure, that's not going to be something they'll wish they'd had more maturity to realize was wrong.

At our Planned Parenthood in corn-ball, sweet, Tebow-style heartland of America, once we met a man who brought a girl (who looked 12 but was a minor who could legally "abort") who he admitted was a prostitute from his Indiana neighborhood. When I asked the cop, who's to protect the abortionists, why he wasn't investigating that (or the two very young black girls brought by some white dude) - he just laughed.

The guy said he was the girl's "deacon" - Glen P. asked, "What are ya, the birth control deacon!?"

When we protest with our children - people always ask the same question (that a reporter asked at the Rally for Life) - they ask our kids, "Do you want to be here, sweetie?" - My kids answer confidently, "Yes!"

But we're brainwashing - I always say, "Everyone teaches their children."

Tebow can't be legitimately pro-life. But women who are prostitutes at 14 are ready to decide to kill their children. They're ready to decide based on the fact that their life is a wreck but Tebow can't have any position because he's from a good family with two parents.

The absurdity of the pro-abortion world never gets more absurd than their hatred of Tebow.

-Clint

BTW, on March 26th from 6pm-7pm, the CGS Pro-Life group is going to be standing with the high school youth on the Indiana University campus to protest abortion.

It's a chance to show our community that our children do have minds of their own and they have decided to oppose the slaughter of the unborn and our youth to see the animosity the world has for God and to love the cross of Christ all the more for it.

-Clint

Clint,

I am so very thankful for the work you and Ginger and Glen and Rachel and all the others do there every Thursday!

But I have to admit, I think the Tebow/FOTF Super Bowl Ad was a waste of money and air time. There was entirely too much left unsaid and then, instead of a punch line, something to grab you, we get a cheesy stunt played for a laugh.

Kamilla

>>the Tebow/FOTF Super Bowl Ad was a waste of money and air time.

Yup. It was pathetic. So sad. It portends the end of the work of FOTF, I'm guessing.

Kamilla, thanks, I thought it was pathetic too but I also though it was pretty funny seeing the Pro-aborts getting all up in arms and then the joke being on them.

The Pro-aborts' protests look like the reactionary nutcases that they are. Instead of the typical media smearing of pro-life, the pro-aborts smeared themselves. Did FOTF predict this?

The ad was utter foolishness or utter genius.

I hope it's not the end of FOTF, maybe it was all they could get away with to get the ad approved.

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