But to cut to the chase, Christians have primarily themselves to blame for the breakdown of the once Biblically based culture, which has allowed potentates like California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Maine Governor Janet Mills, and other blue state governors and mayors to pontificate over the rightful, constitutional owners of America: We The People. Half of Christians are not registered to vote, and half of that half [75%] won’t vote on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020.
As Christians have abandoned the public square over the last 100 years, secularists have filled the void with their own brand of secular “ekklesia,” which presently hold sway over the spiritual, intellectual, educational, economic, and vocational cultural mountains of influence in America. It is a great shame that it has come to this.
Two things must happen if America is to be saved:
1) Issachar Training: the Men and Women of Issachar.
Recruit 1,000 pastors and spiritual leaders - those manifesting an intimate relationship with God and a thorough knowledge of His word, who due to their full understanding of God’s Word can put spiritual wisdom to work so as to save the nation.5 As these Gideons and Rahabs run for city council, county commissioner, school board, parks and recreation, etc., in 2022, 2024, 2026, and every 2 years thereafter, Christians will begin to galvanize and incentivize grand-scale social change in America.
This will result in a Third Great Awakening, which may last well into the next century. The battle in America, after all, is not between Democrats and Republicans, but between two rival religions vying for control of the public square: Christianity and secularism.
According to William McKane’s commentary on Proverbs 8, “Wisdom mixes with men in the most busy and public places in town, as She does not recoil from the rough and tumble of the marketplace with its busyness and noise. She operates where competition is fiercest,” foreshadowing Jesus’ Kingdom assignment to His disciples from Matthew 16:18.6
Both Proverbs and Jesus’ ekklesia assignment presuppose activity in the political arena and public square.
When Pastor Rob McCoy ran for California Assembly in 2014, he ended the campaign with 650 volunteers, who had knocked on every door in the District, and called every home. Rob had a grassroots, precinct-level army marching.
Imagine the fundamental change in the community and culture if in 2022, 2024, 2026 and every 2 years thereafter, 1,000 pastors and spiritual leaders ran for local office, averaging 400 volunteers per campaign.
2) Youth is our focus.
We call for the recruiting of 1,000 Christian youth from universities, colleges, and high school seniors to begin knocking on doors next summer - door-to-door [students start off at $20 an hour, or $3,200 a month!]. In this job young men and women develop an aptitude for dealing with people, a strong work ethic, real perseverance and resoluteness, which in turn develops strength of character and stamina, in addition to learning to deal with rejection and adverse circumstances.
It will develop skills that will last a lifetime, including the ability to defend Biblical values and the Christian worldview in “the rough and tumble of the market-place” as well as qualities defined in Proverbs 8:15 as positioning “kings to reign and rulers to decree justice.” All this is in keeping with our goal to position the next generation of spiritual leaders as civil government workers, political operatives, and Christians running for local office, thereby initiating a Third Great Awakening and saving America from further secularism-engendered devastation and depredation.
Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.
American Renewal Project
5. R. Dennis Cole, Numbers Commentary.
6. William McKane [1921-2004], distinguished Old Testament scholar and former Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Oriental Languages at the University of St Andrews, Proverbs: A N