Coach Dave Daubenmire
January 3, 2013
Two thousand and thirteen. It doesn’t even seem real. Where has the time gone? James gave us a clear warning.
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
I’m starting to look at the obituaries in the local paper to see if I have lost any friends recently.
MY friends…not my parents’ friends…most of my parents’ friends have already vanished away.
But I am daily encouraged by the pure joy of new life. Nothing invigorates the soul like an hour of wonderment on the couch sharing our precious granddaughter’s joy at watching “Elmo’s Song” on our iPad.
She is so innocent.
In so many ways our time together on the couch is a true dichotomy of how I feel about my own purpose in life, and the purposeless of so many lives I see being lived around me. How could we have done it? How could we have allowed such a beautiful concept as “Liberty” to have been so cavalierly sold for a bowl of pottage?
America is dying. I see it everywhere I look. Yet the vapor inside me is a mixture of regret and anticipation every time I tap Elmo onto the computer screen and watch Reese’s eyes light up.
America is dying for sure…but the cause of death will be listed as a suicide…a death of a thousand cuts…a result of self-inflicted wounds…a misunderstanding of what really matters.
How could we have cared so little for the little ones that would follow us? It is an epic tragedy.
The Scripture explains to us that “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children:”
The inheritance that Proverbs is referring to is not finances. It is not stuff. It is the aroma of the vapor that makes up our lives. It is the generational-blessing that is incumbent upon all of us to endow our kids if “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” is to be secured.
We have left our children drivel…stuff…a meaningless accumulation of “things” that will have no lasting impact on the generations to follow. We have not proven to be good men.
Me, myself and I are the values of a fool. We have taught our kids to fight for what they cannot keep instead of defending what they dare not lose. What we esteem to lightly we will forfeit too freely. We are losing America because we are losing our children.
Look around you. Better yet, look around your local “public” school. What are the values being taught there? Are they the values that will sustain a culture over the generations? Will those values stand the test of time? Are they the values upon which a civilization can be built?
I keep a picture of my parents hanging next to my desk. I often find myself looking at my father’s face and wondering “what would Dad think” as I read the latest example of human debauchery broadcast on my computer screen.
They raised me better than that, my parents. They all did…all of our parents. But their values were stolen out of our hearts by the deadly forces of entertainment, education, and enlightenment.
Quick. Want to test my theory? Go grab your grandkids right now and offer him/her twenty bucks if he/she can answer three simple questions. What is valor? What is virtue? What are ethics?
Heck, they can’t even define right and wrong anymore.
There is a connection, you know; between the government schools and the loss of ethics. I know you don’t want to hear it. I know your kids’ school has great teachers. I know you went to government schools…and you “turned out alright”…really? If you turned out so well why is our nation in such a mess?
I had a wise man tell me one time, “if you want to see what kind of job you did as a parent all you have to do is watch and see how your grand children turn out.” Scary thought. But by then it is too late.
But that is where we are…and it is getting late. Hillary told us “it takes a village to raise a child.” It is time we realized that it is “the village” that is screwing them up. The average American believes there is nothing he/she can do. How did the “other side” capture America?
They had a plan. We need one as well. We would do well to study our enemies. Here is a start.
Let me speak to the parents for a few sentences. Please hear this voice of reason, forged by experience. Get your kids out of the government school. The schools are countering all that you believe. They are putting the government’s values in your child…Godless values.
I know you can’t afford it. I know you both have to work to maintain your lifestyle. But maybe your life-style needs to change. The Lord has trusted you with those precious children. Train them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. It is the most important thing you will ever do.
Start a home school co-op in your local church. I am sure there are other mothers in the same boat. You don’t need an “education” to teach the children God has blessed you with. Trust HIM for the finances. The “socialists” have stolen our children…money can’t buy them back.
To grandparents: Stop hoarding your money. You cannot take it with you. Invest NOW in your grandchild’s future by either paying for his private school education or helping your children financially while they home school your grandchildren. THAT is the inheritance that the Lord wants you to leave to your “children’s children”…an internal, eternal inheritance. Spend the money on them NOW!! THEY ARE what you leave to the next generation!!
To Pastors: Open the church during the week and encourage parents to get the kids out of the public schools. Help them with training. Find retired teachers looking to be useful! Catch a Godly-vision for the next generation. If by God’s grace this nation is somehow spared the judgment of God will the next-generation of “government educated” adults even be capable of governing themselves?
“For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. -Ps 78.
Children are our arrows. Why do we let the enemies of the cross shape and sharpen them? If this nation is to survive we must put Christ back at the center of the education of our children.
We protect the seals while we kill the babies. Go figure…
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It is time to get a cross-generational vision of our faith…one that will hold anchor for years to come. We must once again teach virtue, valor, and ethics to our children. Head knowledge is no good without proper heart knowledge. Will we ever return to the day where Grandpa, Son, and Grandson all share a common set of ethical values?
Who is filling your child’s heart? Is Christ at the center of your child’s education? Why not?
America is dying a death by a thousand cuts. We are dying of self-inflicted wounds. We are being shot with our own arrows.
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