TURN ON THE LIGHTS
Coach Dave Daubenmire
December 11, 2008
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1
“Boy you sure are becoming increasingly negative.” an e-mailer recently said to me in regards to my recent commentaries. “It’s not that I disagree with what you have to say, it is just that it all seems so gloomy. I wish that our future were brighter.”
I am so sorry if I come across as negative. That really is not my intention. In fact, that is not even what I feel in my heart. I don’t know how to explain it, but I am full of hope and anticipation. I have great expectations of what God is getting ready to do.
Sorry if my writings have given you the opposite feeling. It is just that it is hard to give a pretty description of a train wreck. That is what I see coming, a train wreck for America. But I would be remiss if I were to leave you with a feeling of hopelessness. I have rarely been more encouraged.
Oh, there is calamity ahead for sure, and some very difficult times for all of us who love truth, justice and the American way. The America we have all come to love and enjoy is convulsing in the death rattle so reminiscent of a dying culture. Because of our willingness, especially those of us in “the Church”, to wink and nod at the lasciviousness so prevalent in today’s society, we are about to pay a heavy wage for the sin that we have allowed to engulf our nation. Our silence, or as the Bible calls it, our sins of omission, have made the consequences of giving life to our lust unavoidable.
As the Bible warns us, the “wages of sin is death.” Death is the natural consequence of sin. It is a natural, immutable law. As the old Fram Oil Filter commercial used to say, “You can pay me now, or pay me later.” Make no mistake; sin will collect its payment.
But I apologize to you for failing to tell you, as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story.” God does His best work in the midst of darkness.
For the most part we have failed to realize one of the fundamental premises of our Faith. Darkness is the absence of light, it is not stronger than light. Darkness can only remain where light has failed to shine. Light overcomes darkness. No amount of darkness can put out light. If things seem dark in America it is not that the darkness is so powerful, but that the light has grown so weak.
“In the beginning…darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Almighty God began this world in the midst of darkness. With one phrase out of His mouth, “Let there be light” darkness disappeared. He said “light be”, and light was. Darkness has no defense against light.
Want some proof? Walk into a dark room and flick a switch and watch darkness flee. Darkness can not stand in the presence of light.
But that is not the way we see things in the world. We believe that the light has been extinguished by darkness. Sorry pilgrim. Darkness is the absence of light. Light is not the absence of darkness.
God always starts with darkness and introduces light. “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Interesting isn’t it? God’s day began with evening and ended with morning. He always ends with the lights on. We look at it just the opposite, but God always moves by converting darkness into light.
This is especially true in the hearts of men. John 3:19-20 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
When God sent His Son He introduced light into the darkness. It is possible to find light in the midst of darkness but you will never find darkness in the midst of light. One solitary candle can bring light into the whole room. Don’t you realize that you are a candle?
So, what does that have to do with where we are today? I believe in my heart that God is about to do something magnificent in our midst. Oh, it may not be pretty to look at as it begins to transpire, judgment never does. But isn’t judgment merely the exposing of darkness? Haven’t you ever heard the phrase “the light of Truth?” Jesus is Truth and Truth is light.
But how did we get in this mess? We have become comfortable living in the dark. Even those in the Church, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” have not hated darkness.
“So Coach”, you may ask. “Is there anything we can do to save this nation?”
I’m not sure. Sin has consequences, a price if you will, that can not be avoided. But does that mean we are helpless to avoid the calamity?
Scripture tells us that Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. The world is dark, ruled by dark leaders. Our job is to push the darkness back. But we must quit hiding under a bushel.
The entire focus of Pass The Salt has been to prod the Church into engaging the enemy. As I always told our football teams after a crushing defeat, “We have no one to blame but ourselves. We got exactly what we deserved.”
Our Christian walk is no different. We have gotten exactly what we have deserved.
So, where do we go from here? I don’t think we can do much to limit the damage, but we can begin to prepare now for the clean-up. We must return the light of the Gospel to America’s churches. I say enough, already of the foolishness. America cannot survive any more of the Humanistic gospel, the prosperity gospel, the seeker sensitive gospel, and the emergent gospel. We must return to a Gospel of right and wrong, sin and death, heaven and hell, of judgment and grace.
Judgment must begin in the House of God. It is time to restore the salt and do away with the sugar.
Are you ready to pay the price? Are you ready to stand up for Truth? Are you ready to be a soldier of the Cross? Are you prepared to fight the good fight of faith?
I hear a lot of talk about “taking America back.” It won’t be easy. But if we have any chance at all we must begin by taking Christianity back. We must reclaim our churches and restore our pulpits.
We must demand of our preachers a sin-hating Gospel.
Stop complaining about what we permit. Truth conquers lies, grace trumps judgment, and light destroys darkness.
Are you looking for a better America? Then it is time to turn on the light. Our pastors will never see the light until we turn up the heat. Stop looking for someone else to do the dirty work. Stand up, and speak up.
Light a match. Blow on the coals. Make a spark. Stop waiting on the pulpit to blaze and start a fire in the pew. The only way it can get darker is for the flames to get dimmer.
“It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, who keep on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” (Samuel Adams)
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Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? YOU turn up the heat. YOU turn on the light. YOU fan the flames.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”
God does His greatest work when things seem darkest. Turn on the lights.
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