James Dobson: God “gave America a spiritual reprieve” in the Trump era

Court evangelical James Dobson wrote about the election in his monthly newsletter to followers. Notice that he writes in the past tense about the so-called Trump “era.” A few observations:

  1. The guy who once said Trump was a “baby Christian” is now saying that the president’s “relationship with the Lord is a very private matter.”
  2. He is still talking about his tour of the White House private residence.
  3. He praises Trump for celebrating the National Day of Prayer at the White House and criticizes Obama and Clinton for not celebrating it at the White House. It is apparently not good enough for Dobson that a president celebrates the National Day of Prayer. The true mark of a Christian president is whether hold the celebration at the White House.
  4. He suggests that God let Biden win the election to punish America for its sins. Of course one might also argue the same thing about Trump.
  5. Near the end of the letter Dobson asks, “Who can discern the mind of God?” Yet everything in this letter suggests that James Dobson can discern the mind of God, especially as it relates to the Trump presidency.
  6. Dobson says he is not going to comment on supposed election fraud.

Here is the letter:

Dear Friends,

There is a heaviness within my spirit today on behalf of our beloved nation. I’m sure I share that sentiment with many of you. In a sense, Shirley and I are also grieving over the potential passing of an era, during which I believe God gave America a spiritual reprieve. President Donald Trump was partially responsible for this crucial change of trajectory.

He isn’t a perfect man, and his relationship with the Lord is a very private matter. But he attempted during the first four years of his presidency to get acquainted with, to honor, and to learn from Christian leaders. He is very close to Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Rev. Paula White, Dr. Jack Graham, former Governor Mike Huckabee, and at least 30 others, including myself. He once said while greeting us at a formal dinner, “This is your house. Welcome to it.” He then led us on a tour upstairs in the private residence.

Donald Trump is the first president to celebrate the National Day of Prayer (NDP) in the Rose Garden, which he did all four years of his presidency. President George W. Bush also took the NDP very seriously and held formal services in the East Room of the White House during his eight years in office. Shirley served as chairperson of NDP, and spoke at each event. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush also celebrated the National Day of Prayer during their terms in office. Neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama held NDP ceremonies at the White House. 

Back to Donald Trump, he is the most pro-life president in American history. He is the only Chief Executive to have spoken at the March for Life, which is an annual remembrance of the millions of babies aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973. One of Trump’s most significant decisions has been the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. She never wavered on her pro-life beliefs even during her contentious confirmation hearings.

People who know the President best tell us he is one of the most hard-working and dedicated men ever to serve in the Oval Office. We saw that indefatigable nature during his final campaign, when he once held nine rallies in two days. He is also remarkably resilient. The media and his political opponents hammered him every day for four years. There was never a respite. President Trump arose every morning knowing he would be unfairly ridiculed and attacked from morning to night. This criticism began before he was elected and continued throughout his presidency. Nevertheless, he stood like a rock and his list of accomplishments could fill a book. 
Yes, I admire Donald Trump. He is sometimes brash and aggressive. But as a New York entrepreneur and as a president under siege, he has had to be tough to deal with his challenges. But there is no doubt that he loves America and its people. Speaking personally, I will miss his presence on the national stage when he is no longer our President.

Read the rest here.