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James Dobson Calls Sandy Hook Shootings 'Judgment'

Echoing sentiments similar to Gov. Mike Huckabee, James Dobson took to the airwaves today to blame the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on America not being Christian enough. Referencing abortion and the recent advances of gay marriage, he determined that this is just the price America has to pay:

And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that's what's going on.

Why would anyone get mad at you for saying something like that, Dr. Dobson?

62 Comments

Alicia Gossman-Steeves

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Alicia Gossman-Steeves commented…

@ Jordan: If Jesus took the penalty of God's judgment on the world, then what do you do with Revelation and the scriptures that talk about the Day of the Lord in the Old and New Testaments. Jesus took the penalty of sin. We have the opportunity to either accept his sacrifice or not. If we don't the Bible clearly states that we will be judged by God.

George Broxton III

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George Broxton III commented…

What a buffoon! Oh yes, we are currently so far away from God now. That of course is implying that at some point we were really close as a nation. Excuse me for questioning such things, but were we close when as a nation we plundered the native Americans, were we close when as a nation we enlslaved Africans, were we close when we decided to drop a nuclear bomb killing 80,000 + people??? If so, then we are still close now, but I think it to be the other way around. I do not view us a Christian nation, we do too many things that are not representative of Christ. So, to say this is some kind of judgement is ludicrous. Insane even! God's judgement brings about something good, not pain, hurt and anger at the hands of another hurt, angered, and pained person.

Jim

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Jim replied to George Broxton III's comment

Let me see if I get this straight. You list a long series of serious, murderous sins that our nation has committed, and then conclude that it is ridiculous to think that God would be angry?

Watchman

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Watchman commented…

I'm glad Dobson doesn't speak for the same God I worship. The God of the religious right seems to be a god of wrath, a god of American patriotism and nationalism, a god of Republican politics, and a god only for heterosexual seminary-educated white men.

Michael Stephens

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Michael Stephens commented…

I don't side with or against Dobson. I just wonder why we Christians act like God's judgment (and on nations) is a foreign concept? That's if we've read the Old Testament. I get it that no one speaks for God; but we err if forget that our God of love also loves justice. Let us not be so enamored of God that we forget he is sovereign and holy. He acts and permits in ways we don't always understand.

Alexander Jeans

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Alexander Jeans commented…

God does not judge nations anymore. That is Old Testament hermeneutics of events that were made void with the coming of Christ. James Dobson is wrong, period. Everyone responsible theologian should admit this. God would never let his judgment "fall upon us" until the tribulation. And folks, we just can't say that the tribulation is conclusively here. It's a shame that Dobson perpetuates the image of Christians as people who believe in a wrath-filled and unforgiving God. I'm embarassed for him.

Jim

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Jim replied to Alexander Jeans's comment

'...Everyone responsible theologian should admit this...

Correction: every theologian who agrees with you should admit this.

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