LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Coach Dave Daubenmire
November 6, 2008
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. Prov. 28:1
Well, the Republicans got their butts kicked and I don’t know of anyone who is surprised. John McCain was not a conservative no matter how much Republican-radio tried to convince us he was. Come on now, we’re talking about a guy who had considered being John Kerry’s running mate, had entertained the idea of adopting Al Gore’s running mate Joe Lieberman as his own, who led the “gang of twelve” in blocking the filibustering of Supreme Court judges, who stuck his hand “across the aisle” so much he was as flexible as Gumby, and who was ultimately done-in by McCain-Feingold which he wrote in order to get the money out of politics. Somebody forgot to tell President-elect Obama about that law.
I got lambasted by many last week for not drinking the Republican kool-aide. “You are just going to elect Obama, and the blood will be on your hands,” I heard from more than one Christian. Here’s what they don’t understand. While most of them had only recently peeped out from the safety of the church, many of us had spent the last eight-years in the trenches fighting against the compromise in the Church.
We are losing the war because Christianity has gone soft. Compromise has drained the church of strength in the same way kryptonite weakened Superman. We are no longer bold because we are no longer righteous. Is there anyone out there who would dare call John McCain a righteous man? No wonder the woman standing beside him roared like a lion as he lay in the middle of the road. “Reaching across the aisle” is cowardly. McCain thought it was strength. The middle of the road is a dangerous to be. Now he is nothing more than road kill.
"When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase." Prov. 28:28 For the life of me I cannot understand why our Christian leadership is so cowardly. There are a lot of folks hiding who should be roaring.
The “lesser of two evils” argument is based on fear. God cannot possibly honor that. He is looking for bold believers who will “earnestly contend for the faith,” and not faint in the day of adversity. How many Christians voted, not FOR McCain, but AGAINST President Obama? How many “leaders” suggested that to their followers?
Well not me. I’m not ashamed of the Gospel. I don’t think hiding Jesus under a bushel is very good way to fight. Somebody needs to let Him loose. Last I checked He is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“God is in control, Coach,” I hear all of the time. “We just need to trust that He is working His plan.”
“Really?” I ask. “You mean Jesus is not afraid of Obama? He actually chooses the one who will win? Why are you voting for the lesser of two evils then? Why don’t you just vote the Bible and let the Lord sort it all out?”
Well, I’m not afraid of Obama either. And I certainly am not afraid of the god-hating agenda that many fear (there’s that word again) he will promote. If God is in control, then it makes sense to vote what God stands for. "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." Faith and fear are mutually exclusive, like fire and water. Faith and fear cannot abide in the same heart.
Voting for the lesser of two evils reveals something about our hearts. I’ll let you figure it out. More importantly, it reveals something about the heart of our leadership.
Turn on the TV and watch the Humanistic gospel being preached today. I am amazed at the apparent disconnect between what is going on in the world and the cause and effect relationship between sin and society. Our “preachers” are belching out the prosperity message while our nation is belching out Jesus, yet they fail to understand their obligation to testify to the Truth. Afraid (oops, there it is) of the IRS and the government peeking under their tent, they wimpishly stand in their pulpits and exhort their flock to “vote” without telling them who or how. That is like giving a five-year old a gun and telling him to go shoot. Our moral foundation is crumbling and they call for “non-partisan prayer” (I got invited to such a gathering the other night) as if Jesus was non-partisan on the moral issues.
For God sake, quit ye like men. Stand up and be counted! No wonder there aren’t many lions anymore. No one is preaching righteousness!
And most national family ministries are no better. Having spent so much time rubbing elbows with the power brokers in the elephant party they have been compromised by their wink and nod at the outrageously un-Christian things that have been done in the name of Christianity in the past eight years. We were told that GW was a Christian man….less evil than Gore and Kerry…and the fruit of his faith has left a stench in the mouth of un-Christian Americans. As my Mama always told me, “If you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.” No wonder so many high-powered Christians have the itches. I guess it was the lesser of two fleas.
“Shame on you Coach” you say. “You shouldn’t be speaking against a Christian brother that way.”
Really. Maybe if some of the big dogs had spoken up there wouldn’t be so many fleas on the body. Dumb dogs, Isaiah called them, afraid (hmm) to bark. (Funny how that fear word keeps popping up.) I don’t think Jesus would hop in bed with either group.
All right. I’ve made enough of you made for one night. I’ll stop barking.
But let me leave you with this. I’m not cowering over in some corner afraid of the Obama-monster. You won’t find me crouched with my blankie sucking on my thumb over the condition of the nation. And I can promise you that you will not find me hiding in some church praying that God protects my poor little self until the rapture bus shows up when I should be busy sharpening my sword.
No siree Bub, not me. I’m looking for a fight and all I have to do is stick my head outside my door. The wolves are panting for my hide, and they will soon be after your pastors. But I will be damned if I am going to sit around and wait for them to take away all of my God-given freedoms. It is time to stand-up and fight like a man.
The anemic-Church and her anemic watchmen are pathetic.
They way I see it the ante just went up. The battle for truth, justice and the American way just moved into the big-leagues. As a young kid I always wanted to play in the big leagues. Looks like I will finally get my chance.
But I won’t be alone. Peter LaBarbera will be there and so will Ron Brock’s Truth Truck. In fact, many of God’s all-stars will be there with us. Flip Benham, Rusty Thomas, Pastor Mark Holich, Mike Heath, David Parker, James Hartline, Sheriff Jim Schwiesow, Mark Harrington, Pastor Ernie Sanders, Greg Evenson, Devvy Kidd, Derry Brownfield, Andrew Wallace, Pastor Mark Kiser, Gregory Thompson, E. Ray Moore and Betty Freauf will proudly take their positions.
Never heard of them? I’m not surprised. They don’t have national TV shows, and they don’t pal around with their political friends on the Potomac. No folks, these are bold Christians, righteous Christians, lion-like Christians. They are the real leaders that America has been crying for.
Too many Christian leaders no longer recognize God. No wonder they are cowering.
At no time in American history has the battle for Truth been so apparent. God has been preparing his men. Like the Men of Issachar they understand that now is the time to stand.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Mathew 11:12.
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For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14.
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. I Samuel 17:45.
The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament from jail.
Let the games begin!
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