Focus on the Family Must be Stoned!
Then the word of the Lord came to Scott and said,
Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of America who are now prophesying. Say to the prophets who prophesy from their imagination: “Hear the word of the Lord!” ~ Ezekiel 13:2 SBV
I am but an obedient servant…
It is interesting/sad to watch the ridiculous fear-mongering and hyperbolic, over-the-top, cringe inducing rhetoric of the current political campaigns in America. A current example of this type of fear-mongering, and mostly made up facts, is Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America. You can read a Review here–though it is ironic: in the review, the reviewer notes that even before the movie began, there was a slide on screen encouraging the very few viewers to protest Mayor Bloomberg’s planned ban on double over-sized soft drinks: “freedom,” it said, is at stake. That’s right, “freedom” is at stake… over the size of a pop.
I find D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America interesting as in 2008, Focus on the Family, attempted the same thing. Prior to the 2008 election, the Religious Right was predicting Doom and Gloom, the end of the world, and the sky falling (as usual) if Barack “The Anti-Christ” Obama was to somehow win the election.
As part of the surety that Obama would ruin America by turning it into a secular nation, and with his policies change all good, married evangelical Christian men into lustful homosexuals, Focus on the Family published a 16-page warning in the form of “Letter From 2012 in Obama’s America.”
The letter begins
October 22, 2012
I can hardly sing “The Star Spangled Banner” any more. When I hear the words,
O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
I get tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. Now in October of 2012, after seeing what has happened in the last four years, I don’t think I can still answer, “Yes,” to that question. We are not “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Many of our freedoms have been taken away by a liberal Supreme Court and a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate, and hardly any brave citizen dares to resist the new government policies any more.
The 2008 election was closer than anybody expected, but Barack Obama still won. Many Christians voted for Obama – younger evangelicals actually provided him with the needed margin to defeat John McCain – but they didn’t think he would really follow through on the far Left policies that had marked his career.
They were wrong.
Libby Anne rightly notes, “the purpose of this letter is to scare evangelicals – especially younger evangelicals – out of voting for Obama and convince them to vote for McCain.” That’s it plain and simple: don’t use your mind. Don’t evaluate the actual political, social, economic, environmental ethos, etc… instead: the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling! Vote McCain!
The above letter is humorous as Focus on the Family makes 34 predictions. 34 very specific and very detailed predictions. You can read those ‘predictions’ above by clicking the pdf link. But if you’re too lazy and just want me to give you a tally as to FoF’s semi-phenomenal cosmic power’s of prophecy: out of 34 predictions they get exactly one half point.
That’s right, they basically go 0 for 34!
They do get a half point for prediction 10, the repeal of DADT, but they should almost lose that half-point for the detailed and ridiculous predictions of what would come about from that repeal. You can go to Libby Anne‘s post for a more detailed deconstruction of many of FoF’s dire warnings and prophecies (fear-mongering), but here at Scotteriology that would be just wasting our time. We need to get to the meat of the real issue!
Apparently, Focus on the Family is “committed to providing trustworthy, biblical guidance and support.” But the above letter is not trustworthy… so what should be the biblical solution?
Well, if you consider the entire Bible to be a revelation from God and his handbook for us today, then there can only be one solution: we must stone all those from FoF who were involved with the production of this letter!
So what does Yahweh think we should do with the false prophets at Focus on the Family?
I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in my name. “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die.Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ – whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.
I think it’s only fair if FoF can use Leviticus to legitimate their view that homosexuality is an abomination, then I can use Deuteronomy to legitimate the view that their prophecy is an abomination. Focus on the Family must be stoned, for the Bible tells me so.
Now to go find some rocks…
Bill Maher also has some thoughts on FoF’s embarrassing fear-mongering. (WARNING: NSFW! Language and reason)