Former Football Coach From London, Ohio Leads Charge for Faith, Family Values
by Allie Martin
(AgapePress) A former high school football coach who once faced penalties for his faith now spends his time coaching Christians to go on the offensive in the culture war.
In the late 1990s, Dave Daubenmire was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for praying with the high school football team he coached in London, Ohio. Now Daubenmire is executive director of Minutemen United (minutemenunited.org), a ministry that calls Christians to action on moral and social issues.
Last week Daubenmire was on the steps of Alabama's state judicial building in Montgomery for the Ten Commandments conflict. The former coach says too many Christians have been silent for too long.
"We had the Ten Commandments taken off four high schools in Ohio earlier this year. We were down there fighting that battle, too. We believe Psalm 11:3, which says 'If the foundations are destroyed, what will the righteous do?' And I believe the foundations of this nation are being destroyed," he says.
The activist made his comments as he held vigil with other Ten Commandments supporters on the steps of Alabama's judicial building. Daubenmire says God would ask believers what they are going to do about the present situation.
"I believe all across America there are Christian men and women who have had enough. They don't know what to do about it. We put out a clarion call to say, "Here's something. We're going to go fight in the fight. Come and join us,'" Daubenmire told listeners.
The head of the pro-family group believes Christians can make a difference if they work as a team, standing together against the onslaught of evil. Last year Minutemen United convinced a major department store chain in the Midwest to stop selling sexually explicit magazines. The organization has also taken part in recent pro-marriage demonstrations and peaceful efforts to share the gospel with homosexuals at "gay pride" events.
Daubenmire says he has a great passion for the lost, but an even greater passion for the found -- those Christians that he says are "missing-in-action" in the culture war.