by Dave Daubenmire
Clash Daily Contributor
Our children are bleeding out the eyes and ears. It is not blood that they are emitting, but heritage. Very few of our children really understand the Gospel of the Kingdom and what it’s impact is supposed to be on the world. We have turned Christianity into a personal life-style choice.
There is no other way to explain what is going on. The American Church is hemorrhaging. The foundation upon which all morality springs is cracking like an egg. If Christians can no longer recognize or defend the truth we can expect the blood-letting to continue. Only a super-sized moral tourniquet can stop the oozing from the body of America.
Somewhere along the line we stopped thinking generationally. We failed to pass along to our children’s children the Rock of Ages upon which our nation was anchored. As a result, our nation is wobbling, struggling to find it’s footing on the sinking-sand of humanism. Our nation is suffering from Spiritual Ebola.
Ebola attacks the immune system. It stops the body from functioning properly. It is not the Ebola that eventually kills but the failure of the immune system to properly fight it off. For generations Christianity was the American immune system. Only recently, since it has been removed from the education of our children, has evil been able to run so unopposed.
Psalm 127 refers to our children as “arrows.” It is our job to train our little “arrows” to be shot by the Archer into every area of the world. Some arrows are shot into business, some into government, some into education, others into media and entertainment, but all are shot into an area where they have the opportunity to wield influence (salt and light).
But Believers have not caught that vision. We have sent our arrows to a world of secular education where they have been taught that they are only to use their Christian ideals in their private lives and would do well to keep their “personal” beliefs to themselves. Christian parents rarely pray that their children would be “world changers,” but, rather, that their young arrows might be “successful.”
It is hard to measure Christian “success” unless you measure success by worldly standards. I wonder how many parents pray that their arrows would be martyred for the advancement of the Gospel…rather than attaining the wealth and happiness that the secular world deems as successful?
The impact of an arrow in the hands of a skillful archer can change the course of history. The job of the parent is to sharpen and form the arrow. God is the Archer. He shoots them where He needs them. How well-fashioned are the arrows that we are putting into His Hands?
Most parents don’t have a clue what I am talking about. They think the idea of an “education” is to help their children “be prepared for life.” It is my experience that there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between what a Christian parent wants for his/her child and what a non-believing couple wants for theirs. The goal is for their child to be successful and happy. This should not be so.
That is why Christians are so willing to send their arrows to Caesar to be trained. If the goal of child rearing is “success” then who better to train them than those who have been baptized in the world’s system. I have spent the better part of fifty years involved one way or another with education and I can without hesitation tell you that one will be hard pressed to recognize a Christian child from a non-Christian child in our public school system.
The light is barely flickering and the salt has lost it’s saltiness. Caesar has shaped all the arrows the same. At least that has been his goal. How can we expect Christian children to be trained and formed in a system that is designed for worldly success to train and equip the “arrows of the Lord” to be the salt and light of the world?
This is so simple folks. The student becomes like his teacher. We don’t need the Bible to tell us that…although it does…why do we take so lightly the law of association? You know the terms…birds of a feather flock together…it takes one to know one…monkey see monkey do…and my my Mom’s favorite admonition to her children, when you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas. We treat with such a cavalier attitude the training of God’s precious soldiers and are surprised when we have to spend so much time exterminating the fleas that have begun to live inside the minds of our children.
I know…I know…you are sick of hearing about how bad Caesar’s schools are. I know your child’s school is different. I know your child’s teacher is different. I know your child is different. I know your child’s church youth group is strong. I know that you both have to work to provide for your family. I know that your child needs strong scores to get into the college of his/her choice. I know…
Can I be blunt? There is nothing “Christian” about your “public” school. Nothing. The Name of Jesus dare not be mentioned. Heaven and hell, sin and righteousness are treated as curse words. Allah, Buddha, and the environment are all placed on the same platform with Jehovah. Sharing the classroom with your child are kids that you have never seen, from parents you have never met, from backgrounds and beliefs that you could never imagine, sharing influences you would never want your child to be exposed to. You would never permit your children to stay overnight with many of the children they rub shoulders with every day. What do you do with this scripture, evil company ruins good habits?
But you keep your head in the sand as they now double-down with the Satanic curriculum of Common Core. What words don’t you understand? Common…core. Common core will lead to a pandemic of Spiritual Ebola. Ebola does to the immune system what public schools do to the moral system.
I don’t know how much time we have left. I don’t know if we can make a difference. But I do know what the Lord told us about our children. I pray that the apathy of Believers will not let the soul of another generation be stolen from us. Children are our heritage. They are our future. They are the immune system the Lord has provided for each generation. They are the Lord’s weapons placed in our hands. For God’s sake, stop exposing them to Spiritual Ebola!!
The Devil is eating our kids for lunch. Sadly, we have fed them right into the mouth of the beast.
“Whoever causes one of these little one’s who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he was drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Statistics show that 80% of children raised in a Christian home do not hold those values after their first year of college. Our nation is hemorrhaging it’s Christian heritage.
Our pastors are the only ones who can apply the serum. Truth is the only inoculation against Spiritual Ebola. Why won’t they stand up and warn their flocks?
The children don’t belong to Caesar. They belong to God.
Dave Daubenmire is a veteran 35 year high school football coach who was spurred to action when attacked and sued by the ACLU in the late 1990s for praying with his high school football team. After a two year battle for his 1st amendment rights, the ACLU relented and offered coach an out of court settlement.