There’s been some furor over the pregnancy of 17-year-old Bristol Palin, daughter of newly-named Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Alaska’s governor. While it certainly is hypocritical of Gov. Palin — a “family-values”-type and card-carrying member of the Religious Right™ — to berate the rest of the country for its “lack of values” while not looking to the values of her own family, a more significant example of hypocrisy has come to light in the remarks of James Dobson, chairman of Focus On The Family and current commander-in-chief of the armies of the Religious Right™ (as reported by ABC News):

Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. …

The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a “hypocrite,” but all it really means is that she and her family are human.

First, it is not true that Gov. Palin is a “hypocrite” only in “spin”; she truly is a hypocrite, and factually so. Second, the Dobster separates Christians’ hypocrisy from that of others; that is, because Christians are Christians — he wishes us to believe — they are allowed to be hypocrites!

Unfortunately for the Dobster, Christians do not, in fact, get any sort of “free pass” when it comes to hypocrisy. If anything, hypocrisy is one of the things Jesus himself most enjoined them against! The Dobster needs to reread his Bible, specifically the following verses:

• Matthew 6:2-16
• Luke 6:42
• Romans 12:9

These are by no means the only scriptural passages which expressly, clearly, and unambiguously forbid Christians to be hypocrites … but they are more than enough to refute the “special exemption” that Dobson claims for Christian hypocrites.

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