In Part Three of “Focus on the Family: A Sham and a Shame,” we mention that Jim Daly, CEO of Focus on the Family (FOTF), relates in his book ReFocus how two FOTF employees “simply treated John as a fellow traveler along this road of life.”1 The John referred to here is John Weiss, the editor of the Indy, the local Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) and abortion activist newspaper and a long-time friend of Daly. Thus LGBT and abortion activists are considered “fellow travelers” at FOTF.
What is a “fellow traveler”? According to the dictionary, a “fellow traveler” is “anyone who, although not a member, supports or sympathizes with some organization, movement, or the like.”2 Considering that ReFocus was published by a large, well-recognized publisher of Christian books and that various editors would have gone through it sentence by sentence and considering that Daly intentionally formed friendships with such activists, we believe that the expression “fellow traveler” carries much of how the dictionary defines it.
While Daly would deny condoning their sin, his support can certainly be seen as Daly and FOTF giving them personal and organizational support, even as the LGBT and abortion activists continue their promotion of such sinful activities. Daly expresses sympathy for Weiss personally and organizationally joins with Weiss and the Indy in a number of community projects.
How is it possible for a Bible-believing person to be on the same “road of life” as those who flaunt God’s Word in His face, not only by their sinful deeds, but by being activists and promoters of such activities? This belief and practice by Daly and FOTF have no precedence in the history of the church and, in fact, stand out as a biblical abomination when compared to scriptural teachings to the contrary about both LGBT and abortion practices.
1 Jim Daly. ReFocus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012, p. 107.
2 Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language. New York: Gramercy Books, 1996, p. 707.
(PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter, September-October 2013, Vol. 21, No. 5)