Dr. Bruce K. Waltke’s 2008 Christian Book of the Year, An Old Testament Theology, contains a chapter titled The Gift of Warlords. It tells that spiritual men and women are essential for the future as candidates and elected officials, as well as political operatives and mechanics. If America is to survive, pastors will have to take their civic responsibility over the coming 30 years to a whole new level, when they move from meetinghouse to marketplace as the Ekklesia, as formulated by Christ Jesus in Mark 16:18.

Present-day Christianity has lost the mission and ministry of civil government, defined by the Founding Fathers who pledged “to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth.”

While a recent Republican president may have heralded ‘ democratic capitalism’ as America’s greatest export, to the Early American Founders the greatest export was Jesus Christ.

It will require a fateful turn of events to get the spiritual leaven of the Word back into the culture in order to cure secular America. That, and unconditional obedience by His children, as described in 2 Chronicles 7:14, is the only hope for a spiritual resurrection of the United States. Anything less or else will fail or have no effect. As Christians make a stand against both the religious and political crisis generated by secularists and the withdrawal of the Church over the last century, America’s youth are about to learn something that can be learned in no other way: 1) liberty and independence cannot exist apart from God, and 2) their spiritual inheritance can only be gained by committed engagement.

It’s warfare from end to end.” 1

The turn that the American culture has taken over the last century can be attributed to unilateral evangelism, an eschatology espousing the turn of phrase that one ‘ doesn’t polish brass on a sinking ship’. Unless the Church gets out of the church and into the marketplace, things are not going to end up well. The challenge for Christians is to find believers whose faith includes voluntary abandonment of things cherished by men, in order to counter and halt the ostensibly unassailable authority of Secularism.