Back in 1975 James Dobson declared:
Dobsonís message promoting self-esteem continues as long as his books are reprinted and as long as he has not publicly repented for his promotion of self-esteem.
In various letters from his correspondence department, there seems to be an attempt to make his teachings on self-esteem sound more biblical.
Now, however, Dobson is extending his prescription to teen-age girls with his teen girl magazine Brio, advertised on the back of his "Dear Friend" promotional letter. The Brio magazine promo says:
So, now girls need a "monthly dose of positive affirmation" to empower them "to make godly choices." Hmmm! Sounds familiar, doesnít it?
Maybe Dobson could learn from leaders of the popular DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), who have finally admitted that their approach, which included building self-esteem to empower children to say no to drugs, has failed.
Appealing to the flesh to promote spiritual growth only enhances the flesh and deceives people. If positive affirmations are supposed to "empower" teenage girls "to make godly choices," what might be the magazineís motivating reasons that would cause them to want "to make godly choices"ópersonal benefit or obedience to God just because He is God? Much of what is called values education appeals to the flesh rather than to the spirit. In reference to values education, someone asked us the other day, "What happened to the simplicity of ĎThus saith the Lordí?"
(See information about our book James Dobsonís Gospel of Self-Esteem & Psychology.)
PAL V9N3 (May-June 2001)