With all the good things happening in the past few weeks, we plum forgot about some of our "mixed" blessings — for instance, the fact that the good doctor, James Dobson
, is still emitting thoughts and phrases.
It seemed possible he had slowed down during the cold winter months, but it looks like the only thing that can stop the J-D-Train is a drunk, homeless guy. That, and running low on money, for it's the latter reason that Dobson has reached out to his flock. Before that, though, let's see where we start in his Christmas newsletter
As I often do at this time of the year, I want to share a special story that I think you will appreciate. Perhaps you will want to read it when you gather with friends and loved ones. It is titled, “A Baby’s Hug” (author unknown).
What follows is a story of some judgment-y assholes eyeballing a dude's crotch in a restaurant somewhere.
We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled.
Joked the Son of God.
The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby.
Said the Christ Child.
My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum ...
Quoth God's eternal and everlasting love.
The storyteller keeps warming to their descriptions of vagrancy — "avoid any air he might be breathing," "very old smelly man," "grime, pain and hard labor" — until the little kid jumps on the homeless guy, leading our author to the natural conclusion that Christians should share their kids, like God did.
Anyway, Dobson loves this story, because it reminds him of all the gross homeless people he's ignored in his life.
It reminds me of our trip to London a few years ago. ... Sitting there in the shadows was an old, unshaven derelict who was obviously drunk. Well-dressed theatergoers were passing him by without a glance. Then I saw a mangy German shepherd snuggled beside him. The dog didn’t care that his “friend” was a bum whom polite society would consider worthless.
Since Dobson apparently did nothing for the bum whom polite society would consider worthless, we're left with canines and little kids as the best examples this newsletter can come up with of people living by the words in Proverbs 19:17
, or Matthew 25:40-45
or Luke 3:10-11
. Which, bizarrely, Dobson gets, but, you know, doesn't.
Dogs and babies are often more likely to show compassion for the downtrodden and lonely than those of us who have been abundantly blessed. The mother of the baby in our story felt convicted by her revulsion for the old man. Perhaps there is takeaway value here for the rest of us. May I suggest that we think carefully about the message she wrote?
YES. YOU CAN.
The train-wreck of an analogy keeps going. We start with the known premise that money given to panhandlers is often used for drugs and cigarettes; continue with Dobson's admission that homeless people gross him out — "But is it right to look the other way until the light turns green? I’ve done that many times." — and finish with the thought that people in need are in need of religious tracts.
BUT ALL THIS IS JUST A SEGUE ...
The purpose of sharing these thoughts with you this month is because they lie at the heart of the Family Talk ministry. ... I hope you have our mobile app on your smart phone and are telling others about how they can listen to solid programs with the click of a button.
... INTO A MONEY GRAB.
I must close by telling you that our contributions during the summer and fall of 2013 have been far below our needs. It isn’t difficult to figure out where that leads. It is likely that this shortfall in income has been caused in part by economic uncertainty and the utter foolishness of Obamacare.
"We're not getting any money and it's probably because of Barack 'The Great Muslim Satan' Obama
and it's not hard to figure out where this leads ... so maybe give us all your money."
: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?"