The United States is at the “point of no return” on issues of faith and morality, and the common statement that a particular election is the most important of a lifetime finally is absolutely true in 2016, according to prominent evangelical Christian leader Dr. James Dobson.
“Every four years, when Americans head to the polls to choose our next president, it’s easy, and frankly common, to label each election as ‘the most important in our lifetime,'” said Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, Family Talk radio and an adviser to presidents.
“However, given the unprecedented nature of this current presidential contest, that statement is finally proven true. Each candidate proposes radically divergent visions for the future of our country, making 2016 a great turning point in the history of America,” he said.
Dobson, who holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees and is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame after his years of family oriented radio work and authoring more than 30 books, warned of the loss of religious liberty, the institution of marriage and even life.
“What hangs in the balance is not only who will occupy the White House, but the many down-ballot candidates and initiatives, our constitutional right to religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, the meaning of marriage and the composition and nature of our entire judiciary,” he said.
“This election could represent a point of no return for many of the issues Americans hold dear. As Christians, we cannot and must not leave the future of our country to chance. I beg you, the American voter, to go to the polls on November 8th and make your voice heard. The fate of the country depends on it.”
Dobson previously endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the GOP presidential primary for president then announced support for Donald Trump when the party’s nominee was chosen.
He explained his support for the New York businessman, despite the media’s release of video of crude comments made more than a decade ago.
“I do not condone nor defend Donald Trump’s terrible comments made 11 years ago. They are indefensible and awful. I’m sure there are other misdeeds in his past, although as Jesus said, ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.’
“I am, however, more concerned about America’s future than Donald Trump’s past. I wonder about how Bill Clinton’s language stands up in private,” he said.
“My condemnation of the former president is on an entirely different level,” Dobson explained.
“To my knowledge, Donald Trump has never abused women physically or had oral sex in the Oval Office with a vulnerable intern. Nor has he committed perjury by lying to Congress for many hours.
“Clinton, on the other hand, lost his license to practice law for that criminal act,” he said.
Dobson, who’s Christian advice is well known to millions, also recently said that when governments go too far, the Christian response is to follow God, not the law.
His comments came regarding a federal appellate court decision affirming a California law demanding that pro-life crisis pregnancy centers promote abortion to women who come to them for help.
“If California attempts to enforce this law then do not comply,” he said. “Make them put you in jail.”
The state law, Reproductive FACT Act, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Oct. 9, 2015, and reviewed and upheld by the Ninth Circuit, widely regarded as the most “progressive” federal court of appeal in the country.
WND reported when Dobson noted several important issues in this year’s election, including Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
At the time, he also expressed his approval of Trump’s commitments “to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, preserve religious liberty, rebuild the military, and defend the sanctity of human life.”
WND reported in June when Dobson and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, joined a special faith advisory panel announced by Trump.
Dobson has been in open conflict with Obama over the president’s mandate that employers pay for abortions in their employee health care plans, at one point addressing the president with, “Come and get me if you must.”
Dobson was part of a coalition that posted ads with the statement: “We affirm that marriage, as existing solely between one man and one woman, precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based solely on religion but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart.”
They continued, “We will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”
He said he believes Trump would “unleash Christian activists to fight for their beliefs” if he is elected.
It would be the opposite of Obama’s direction.
It was early in Obama’s tenure that Catholic Online and other media outlets reported when Obama began using the term “freedom of worship” rather than “freedom of religion.” The significance is that “freedom to worship” has been allowed even in dictatorships, confining religious expression to buildings and forbidding it in public life.