James Dobson

Jerod Clark

As many of you know, James Dobson retired from his Focus on the Family radio show last week.

Honestly, I've never been a huge fan but it's all mainly for how political he became, which is really a shame because there are good ministry programs coming from Focus on the Family.  Matthew Paul Turner wrote a post on his blog reminding me of some of the groundbreaking things Dobson did as well.

The reason why I am thankful for Dr. Dobson is because he was the first "famous Christian" that I heard who talked at length about clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality, antidepressants, and other mental health topics. That might not seem like a big deal today considering numerous Christians discuss their mental anguish on broadcasts, in books, and on blogs. But back in the 80s and early 90s, many Christians deemed those topics "hogwash."

How about you? What are your reflections on Dobson's exit?  Does his involvement in politics taint the work of his ministry?