Two weeks ago I mentioned Ed Dobson’s interview in the Grand Rapids Press and compared his comments on Obama with what Al Mohler said on his blog. The Press article was picked up by U.S.A. Today, and last Sunday Ed was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America. You can watch the 3 minute interview here: http://abcnews.go.com/search?searchtext=ed%20dobson&type=
A few observations:
1. Ed has the Midas touch when it comes to media attention. Perhaps it’s the lingering glow of having worked for Jerry Falwell, but the man could sneeze and get on television. Good for him.
2. Ed was a maverick before Sarah Palin was cool (and remains one now that she isn’t). Although he has enjoyed much worldly success, there is a little boy inside Ed who enjoys tweaking the establishment. Doubly good for him.
3. That being said, Ed’s project for the past year seems rather silly. While it is a good thing to read frequently through the gospels and spend time with the less fortunate, I doubt that “living like Jesus” means that we should attempt to live like ethnic Jews. If Jesus were to return today, would he still eat kosher, keep the Jewish Sabbath, and sport an Amish beard? The Book of Hebrews and Acts (see especially Peter’s vision in chapter 10) indicate that Ed’s project comes 2,000 years too late.
4. As Vice President for Spiritual Formation, Ed’s national admission that he frequently had beers in pubs blows a big hole through Cornerstone University’s lifestyle statement (the one which prohibits anyone who is not a board member or an adult continuing education teacher and student from consuming alcohol). There is obviously a bit of hypocrisy here already—including those conservative churches who permit their people to drink alcohol but cluck their tongues at Cornerstone for even considering extending the same freedom to their employees—and it will be interesting to see whether any changes come from this.
5. I wish Ed hadn’t said that he voted for Obama because his policies were closest to the teachings of Jesus. Didn’t his book with Cal Thomas, Blinded By Might, warn us against just this sort of thing—identifying Jesus with any religious party? I’m glad that Ed made clear that he’s not saying that every Christian should vote for Obama or even that Jesus would have, but his statement seems intended to tweak rather than a logical consequence of his quest to live like Jesus. If Jesus would not necessarily have voted for Obama, then why even bring it up in an interview on living like Jesus? Especially considering Obama’s un-Jesus-like votes on abortion—including the partial birth kind—I wish that Ed had kept his vote to himself, or at least not blamed Jesus for it.
6. I like Ed a lot, as do all who know him. I’m going to enjoy having him around our school, as he will likely keep things interesting. We should all continue to pray for him as he grapples with ALS.
7. I don’t have a seventh point, but it seemed a shame to end so close to the number of completion. Please take this moment to reflect on my first 6 points.