Why I love crazy spritual leaders

I have many, many friends who are devoutly religious, and I respect them immensely. In fact, my closest female friend, a former Olympic volleyball player named Bev Oden, is a steadfast Christian who believes strongly in the New Testament and desperately wants me to accept Jesus. I have no problem with this, because Bev is righteous in her unselfishness—she believes non-believers will probably perish, and she doesn’t want that to happen to me.

In myriad ways, I love her for that (plus, we have killer debates).

That said, I am bothered by the way the media and general public confuse dedicated, well-intentioned Christians like Bev for the crazies who often speak loudly on behalf of Christian values—but seem significantly more concerned with Q rating and CNN appearances than actually decency. This certainly applies to Pat Robertson, to the late Jerry Falwell, to Jesse Jackson (it hurts me to say that, because I loved o’ Jess back in ’88, but when a minister cheats on his wife, well, the authenticity takes a hit). And, without question, it applies to the devil himself, Mr. James Dobson.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the man, Dobson is is an evangelical Christian and chairman of Focus on the Family, the organization that puts the “bashing” in “gay bashing” and the “nuts” in “Grape Nuts.” (Mmmm … Grape Nuts). More than any of his peers, Dobson is also responsible for guiding millions of seemingly brainless followers into his own political reality. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the latest video from Dobson’s organization, asking God to produce a rain storm for the night of Barack Obama’s outdoor address in Denver.

Personally, I hope it rains. Not hard, but enough to turn a moment into a MOMENT. The first African-American presidential candidate, standing before thousands of white, black, yellow, Hispanic followers, giving the speech of a lifetime as the sky opens and nary a person leaves his seat.

That, indeed, would be Godly.

3 thoughts on “Why I love crazy spritual leaders”

  1. Jeff, While I appreciate your view point, I have to stand up for James Dobson. He has been consistent throughout his life and his message isn’t of hate, but rather tolerance of any lifestyle that differs with his view or that of the Bible. If you really know much about James Dobson you’d know he has a great since of humor and his comments about the rain storm was said in joking manner. I think you’re better than to roll out a rip on someone without really knowing the background of his ministry and life. Check out Mr. Dobson a little more before you go calling him a gay basher. As a political expert you’re a really good sports writer.

  2. The best post yet. Your blog,like your other writing, is now required reading. God, it is nice to read the truth about the right-wing lonnies for a change

  3. Problem is it isn’t the truth, only a really good sports writers opinion. That’s the problem with blogs, people think they are accurate, when they are just one person’s opinion.

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