WELL, I DON'T WANT TO RUB IT IN, BUT...
If you are like me, one of the least favorite comments that your spouse can say to you is �I told you so.� Well, I don�t want to rub it in, but�
�I told you so.�
Super Tuesday is over and all across America our Christian-leadership is probably waking up with a bad taste in their mouths. You know what I mean, the kind of pasty taste that a night of smoking and drinking leaves you when you first bat your eye-lids in the morning. I never smoked, but I drank enough beer to keep them working overtime at the local Budweiser plant in Columbus. I�m not proud of it, and it took a few foggy mornings and a visit from my Savior for me to come to my senses. Now if my mouth tastes like that in the morning it is probably related to the Doritos and cheese dip I had before going to bed.
To me, the situation that Christians find themselves in politically reminds me of some of my �mornings-after.� I am sure you have been there, that sense of wonderment that hits you as you lie on a strange couch and ask yourself �How did I end up here?�
That�s where the �conservatives� are this morning. How did they end up here?
Hey listen; I�m not some big-shot pastor with a mega church and a string of best-selling books. I�m just a voice crying in the wilderness. But I have been warning folks. Ever since I have been awakened to what is REALLY happening in America I have been crying from the rooftops for the Church to rise up and start being the Church.
For those who were willing to listen I have warned that Republicanism is Counterfeit Salt, that Talk Radio was not good for the Church, that the Church needed to actively Rebuild the Walls, that our leadership were wimps, and that the Church was not doing the job.
I�m not some everything-is-great-full-grinning Christian. I get up every morning; spend time with the Lord and �study to show myself approved.� You won�t find me huddled with the Washington power-brokers, dining at the White House, or sitting in with �Republican Strategists� (whatever the heck that means). I sit as a watchman on the wall�a �the British are coming� kind of guy. I don�t get invited to speak at the elite conferences (too �confrontational� they tell me), and I don�t have the denominational stamp of approval as one of the �voices of the church.� But I pray that when I speak, to steal a phrase, people listen.
I�m just a Coach in a cornfield with a computer and some salt to spread.
And, I told you so.
In October 2006 I wrote an open letter to Dr. James Dobson and Friends where I warned them that they would find themselves exactly where they are today. Over two-years before the 2008 Presidential election I adjured our national leaders to start a Christian Party. In that commentary I said:
�Let�s look down the road two years. Who will the Republican Party nominate for president? Is there a God-fearing righteous man on the horizon? A man who will pledge allegiance to Jesus? A man who will boldly defend God�s positions? Or will we once again be forced to vote for a man who has a �form of Godliness, but denies the power thereof� 2 Timothy 3:5? Will we be asked to swallow hard and vote for pro-abort, pro-homosexual Rudy?�
Well, Rudy is gone, even though Dr. Robertson endorsed him, but look at who is leading the parade.
Did you ever hear someone make the statement that �he had been left holding the bag?� Well, that is the Religious Right this morning. They�re holding the bag, as the �moderates� run away with the goodies. Once again, they have trusted in horses and chariots and now have to sit in the doo-doo.
How many more times will they play this game?
One time I was sitting watching a high school football game where the offense was very bland. The coach didn�t have a lot to work with, so he tried to batten down the hatches and play as conservatively as he possibly could so that his team would not beat themselves. The crowd didn�t like it. They wanted some excitement. They didn�t want the team to play not to lose; they wanted the coach to take some chances and play to win, do something to �fire-up� the troops.
�Hey Coach,� some over-weight, tobacco-spittin� former high school star stood up in the bleachers and yelled. �Run your other play.�
Now I'm saying, �Hey national-Christian-leaders RUN YOUR OTHER PLAY!"
Read my open letter to Dr. Dobson. In it I clearly spell out a plan for changing the face of politics. If they had done this two years ago, they wouldn�t be sitting here choosing between McCain, Romney, and Huckabee. McCain is not conservative, Huckabee likes big government too much, and Romney is a Mormon. Listen closely. No one will say it but me. Most Christians will never vote for a Mormon on theological grounds. Hannity, Rush and Ingraham don�t understand that. Given a choice between a shallow Presbyterian and a Mormon, the Mormon will lose every time. That�s why McCain is ahead.
So, as we head to the bathroom to get the mouthwash this morning it is abundantly clear to anyone who will be honest with himself that the Republican elite do not share our values, they merely want our votes. They know Christians have nowhere else to go. They are doing to �values-voters� what the Democrats have done to blacks for decades.
What has happened to our vision? Instead of locking arms with the un-Godly in the Republican Party (oh, grow up -- you know full well the Republican Party is full of reprobates) why don�t our leaders begin now to turn to Ron Paul? Daylight is burning. At this point, the best they can hope for is a brokered convention. With help from the Christian Community Ron Paul could block McCain. Stop wasting money on the �stop Hillary Express," spend less time trying not to lose, and do something bold! An endorsement from a respected Christian-leader would give The Faithful �permission� to back Paul and provide the boost he needs.
Is Dr. Paul the perfect candidate? Let me ask you a question. Is McCain, Romney or Huckabee? At least he believes in Constitutional government.
At the same time the leadership should begin looking for a Godly man to run in 2012.
Here�s the trap they fall into. Every election cycle they wait and see who the candidates are going to be and then try and pick the �most Christian� of the bunch. You don�t rise to the top of American politics in the two-party system without a great deal of compromise. What was it Glen Campbell sang in Rhinestone Cowboy? �There�s been a load of compromisin� on the road to my horizon.� It is time to look outside the current political system.
If Dr. Dobson and friends were to begin right now to focus on 2012 they can �git �er dun.� Surely those referenced in my Dobson letter can find a qualified �Christian leader� to carry the mantle. No more professional politicians, no more Washington �insiders,� find a Christian statesman who has been successful outside the realm of politics and throw all of their support behind him. Why do they think only politicians can lead, when in fact, most make it to the top by following the party line? What makes a lifetime in politics a good thing on the resume�?
�But Coach, you�ll just divide the party and Hillary will win.� Shut up, will you, you mind-numbed robot? You�re smarter than that. Maybe the Republican Party needs to go the way of the Whigs.
Read the story of Caleb and the twelve spies. Sent out on a mission to see if the land was really worth taking, the spies returned to Moses with great stories of the land �flowing with milk and honey.� But there was one small problem; the land was full of giants. After an opinion poll was commissioned 92% of the spies agreed that the land could not be taken. �We are, IN OUR OWN SIGHT, as grasshoppers.� It matters how we see ourselves.
But that wasn�t how Caleb saw it. He looked beyond the pollsters and the powerless-faith of the leaders and declared, �Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.�
Read what Dr. Dobson said on Monday.
The Church makes God look so weak. It is time to fish or cut bait, folks.
We need the Caleb Spirit in America. Aren�t you tired of holding the bag? Won�t someone lead us out of Egypt? Time is running out on this nation.
Guys! Run your other play!� And do it fast!
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In 1999 Coach Daubenmire was sued by the ACLU for praying with his teams while coaching high school in Ohio. He now spends his energy fighting for Christian principles in the public domain.
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listen; I�m not some big-shot pastor with a mega church and a string of
best-selling books. I�m just a voice crying in the wilderness. But I have
been warning folks. Ever since I have been awakened to what is REALLY
happening in America...