Coach Dave Daubenmire
June 12, 2008
I need your help. You would have to admit that I ask very little out of you, the reader. I do my best to have a fresh commentary posted every week and y’all know I don’t pull any punches.
Let me warn you, I am about to display a softer side of me. I wouldn’t be able to keep my sweet little wife if I didn’t have a puppy dog side. She would be the first to admit that, in reality, I’m really an old softy. I’m not sure you can be born again of the Spirit of God and not have a soft heart. Well, I have one and I am going to open it up to you a bit.
All coaches naturally love people--you won’t be successful if you don’t. As the old saying goes “they will never care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Our players knew that I loved them and that is why they played so hard. Because they knew our great affection for them they appreciated the hard work we demanded and the discipline that we dished out. Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.
That is why so many people are wounded by church. They are taught to follow the harsh rules of a demanding Heavenly Father without developing a personal relationship with Him.
For the past eight years I have joined with a group of men and attended the Gay Pride Parade in Columbus. We believe it is our obligation to go and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. I have to admit that it often seems futile as we are greatly outnumbered, but we believe that we are the Lord’s ambassadors here on earth and that someone must carry the Truth to them.
Whether you want to believe it or not, my heart hurts for those trapped in homosexuality. I really don’t know if I can imagine anything worse. Certainly no one would choose to live in that sin, but we know that it is incompatible with Christianity. Telling them that Jesus loves them in their sin is not love. We go to tell them that He came to seek and to save that which is lost.
Not everyone will go, and I understand why, but many of us will. It is here that we need your help.
As is usually the case, on June 28th there will be in the neighborhood of 30,000 people lining the streets in downtown Columbus. Although thousands will march in the parade, the majority of the homosexuals and their friends are merely spectators content to watch the debauchery on display.
I’ve had many conversations over the years with those watching the parade. When I asked the gay spectators why they were not marching the usual response was “It’s not for me. We celebrate the occasion with them, and are glad that we have the freedom to do it, but what you are watching in the parade is really a small minority of the gay community. Most of us don’t want to be looked at, we just want to be free to live our lives.”
One homosexual said to me one time “Have you ever watched the way people act at an Ohio State football game? They get drunk, paint their faces, and dance like fools. Now, am I supposed to believe that all heterosexuals act like that all of the time? The same goes for the parade. Trust me; what you are watching in the parade is the fringe element of the gay community. To be honest with you much of what I see embarrasses me too.
He is right. We are guilty of painting with the same broad-brush. That is a dangerous habit to pick up. As one who has experienced that same smear-job I am careful to admit when I have been in error.
Hang in there with me. I haven’t yet turned into mush.
One of the greatest criticisms that those of use who go to the parade hear is that we need to “show the love of Jesus’, as if staying home is displaying our concern for them. Let me be clear, homosexuality is sin, an abomination, but there is a difference between those who are trapped in that lifestyle and those who are “workers of iniquity.”
What is the difference you ask? Someone who “works iniquity” is not content with living in his/her own sin but is intent on luring others into the practice of the same.
Which is more evil, the one who looks at pornography or the one who makes it? The one who only practices homosexuality or the one who fights to pull others into the trap? We are simply called to lead all of them to Christ.
A few friends of mine asked me if I would be interested in helping them reach out to those who are caught in the trap. I was more than happy to cooperate.
I’m not a pastor and I don’t have a church. But would it be safe to say that many of you read my “sermons” every week? I never ask anything of you. Freely I have received, freely I have given.
But today I would like to ask you to participate in an “offering” for our “Living Waters” project. To get all of the details you can click here. A picture is worth a thousand words. Please go back and look at the link.
But here, in a nutshell, is the plan.
I am often accused of not “sharing the Gospel.” (Whatever that means.--What do they think we are doing at the parade while they sit in their backyard?) We are determined to go…but we need you to help send us.
We are committed to handing out thousands of bottles of free water at the parade. We have special ordered the water bottles which will be printed with an orange label LIVING WATER. on it.
Under the label it will read “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again…anyone who drinks the water that I give will never thirst…not ever…” a paraphrase of John 4:14. (I know it is not the KJV…cut me some slack)
On the side of the bottle will be a link to a website (we are not releasing the name yet because the “workers of iniquity” will sabotage it) which will lead them to this website which explains the sin of homosexuality and how only Jesus can set them free. The website link is a catchy phrase that they will remember long after they have thrown away the bottle. We pray the Holy Spirit will prompt them to visit the website at a later date.
I guess it is a new type of tract; A water bottle that will lead them to the LIVING WATER!
Will you help us? Will you provide an offering to our work? Will you help us to carry Hope to the Homosexual? This simple bottle of water opens the door for us to speak with them. Hope deferred maketh a heart sick. Jesus offers hope.
If 50 people gave $50 we can pay for this outreach. Will you help deliver the LIVING WATER to thirsty souls?
You have not because you ask not. I’m asking for your help. Perhaps someone’s son will come to Christ. How much would that mean to a parent? Fifty bucks will barely fill a gas tank.
You can donate online here. It is secure. Or if you prefer, mail a check to:
Hebron, Ohio 43025
They tell me that millions read what I write. Will 50 of you step to the plate? If we get more than we need we will use the remainder for other ministry opportunities that we do on a regular basis.
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But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
Help us take the Truth to someone’s son or daughter. Out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water.
Enough already of my soft-side.
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