Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 13, 2010
Christianity is almost dead in America. Like a slow moving storm we have watched the clouds roll over the horizon.
Some of us have done our best to be weathermen. For the past decade I have been offering cultural-climatology reports to anyone who was willing to listen.
But few were. They were far more content in listening to the fair-weather prognostications of the book-peddling weathermen masquerading as “Pastors” willing to ignore the tornado sweeping across this nation. Jesus warned us about them.
“And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. When ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” -Luke 12:54-56
Weathermen are watchman. Their job is to inform us of impending storms that are bearing down on us so that we might have time to take the necessary precautions to ensure our continued safety.
They call meteorology a science, and I suppose it is, but one look at the radar on our local weather channel gives me enough information to know how to prepare for the day ahead. Long ago I stopped trusting TV weathermen. Too many blown forecasts made me leery of their reliability. All I have to do is open up my window, and stick my head outside.
That is the way I feel about “God’s weatherman.” I trust very little that they tell me. Most are “blind guides” …weathermen without radar…unaware of the storm clouds building on the horizon.
Those who do see the storms are, for the most part, unaffected by the clouds. Using the daily newspaper as their guide, they use the events of the day to verify the veracity of the Book that they claim to believe. Rather than warn their sheep to prepare for high winds, they celebrate the storm’s arrival as a sign that Jesus is about to return.
Please understand, I believe in the second coming of Jesus, but I have no idea when it will occur. Jesus, the ultimate forecaster, didn’t even know when that storm would arrive. He told us that no man knew the day nor the hour. He merely warned us to “watch…and be ready”… “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Two thousand years ago He predicted a storm and for two thousand years “religious” weatherman have told us that “the big one” was here.
But there is a difference in today’s weatherman. Ignoring Christ’s clear admonition to work “while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work,” the “shepherds” have encouraged the sheeple to “eat, drink, and be merry” for God is about to evacuate us from the planet. Dare I ask the question…..what if they are wrong?
Jesus could come tonight, but what if He doesn’t? What if it is fifty years…or a hundred…or a thousand…? Are you willing to trust the future of your children and grandchildren to the misreading of the clouds by the “watchmen on the wall?”
For decades storm clouds have been rolling across the American horizon, but our weathermen have been oblivious to God’s clear warnings. A satanic-pride in the “greatness of America” has set us up for a cataclysmic category five storm. A false belief that the “Power of Pride” would permit the American-house to stand, apart from the Lordship of Jesus over this land, has set us up for a fall.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” -Matthew 7.
America, and her churches, is no longer built upon the Rock. Is it possible that America could crumble before the Lord’s return? Is America somehow immune to the consequences of sin that destroyed all of the world’s previous empires? What did Jesus have to say about our vulnerability to catastrophe?
“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. -Luke 13.
America needs a national repentance. Instead of our Christian leaders concentrating on “tithes and offerings” they should be handing out sackcloth and ashes.
President Obama loves to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps he could take a cue from him. On April 30th 1863, deep in throes of the despair of war, President Lincoln proclaimed a day of “national humiliation, fasting, and prayer.”
Lincoln said “And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.”
In today’s America, the National Day of Prayer is declared unconstitutional and the President refuses to take part in it. Millions of Christians voted for his “hope and change.”
There was a time in America when the pulpits determined the direction of the nation. The church was the conscience of the culture and the government responded to the rebukes of her leaders. Today, it is the government that rebukes the church.
A tower is getting ready to fall in America. The teetering has already begun. Only a thundering pulpit can divert the storm. Blaming politicians for failing to do what the pastors won’t do will not stem the tide. Unless we repent, we shall all likewise perish. Lincoln understood the significance of national sin.
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness. -Lincoln April 30, 1863.
How long will our Christian leadership put up with our national sins? How long will those charged with the spiritual health of the people of this nation remain silent? How long before they live out the Lord’s admonition to “love not their lives unto the death.”
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Work as if your children’s future depends on you. Pray as if it depends on God.
Look out the window. A storm is on the horizon. Watch…pray…prepare.
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Coach Dave Daubenmire, founder and President of Pass The Salt Ministries www.ptsalt.com and Minutemen United www.minutemenunited.org, is host of the high octane Pass The Salt radio show heard in Columbus, Ohio.
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.