“A thousand pastors running in 2016 – and three to four hundred pastors winning their political races – would ignite a spiritual movement in the public arena of America not seen since America’s Founding.” issachartraining.org
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called the first Issachar Training meeting in Baton Rouge on January 23, 2015. Former Governor Mike Huckabee, Senators Ted Cruz and James Lankford called additional Issachar Training events throughout the year. Some 2000 pastors participated in those events.
As momentum began to build, The New York Times ran a front-page story: Evangelicals Aim to Mobilize an Army for Republicans in 2016. (read story here
The real aim, however, was never to ‘mobilize an army for Republicans’, for no one believes that the Kingdom of God is going to arrive on Air Force One. (2) The battle for the Soul of America has nothing to do with Republicans vs. Democrats. The war is spiritual, with Secularism and Biblical Christianity as the two contenders.
Evangelicals did even better than media elites predicted in 2015. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner announced at midnight on Election Night: “Huge: ABC reporting largest turnout of evangelical vote in history.” (read story here
Last week another shot was fired across the bow in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reported: “Challenger Mark Harris Stuns U.S. Rep. Pittenger of NC in GOP Primary Upset.”(read story here
CBN’s Jenna Browder wondered: “Pastor Unseats Sitting US Congressman: Could This Be a New Trend?”
WASHINGTON – In a stunning upset, Mark Harris defeated Rep. Robert Pittenger Tuesday night in North Carolina’s 9th District primary.
Harris, a former pastor of a mega-church in Charlotte, is one of many candidates across the country with a ministerial background.
“A grassroots, precinct-level explosion is occurring across the country by evangelical and pro-life Catholic Christians,” [David] Lane said. “Imagine in 2020 a thousand evangelical pastors running for local office: city council, school board, parks and recreation. If they averaged 500 volunteers per campaign, that would be a 500,000 grassroots, precinct-level explosion in the public square on November 3, 2020.” (Read story here
An advice to the North Carolina Congressional District 9 pastors: Christians have to take their game to the next level if America is to survive. “Taking a trip to the Holy Land two weeks before the election, being away on a Mission Trip, or being on furlough is not being in a position to muster and marshal troops to the polls. Fundamentally, religious liberty will be won by organizing rather than by Sunday sermons.” (goo.gl/YDd4hx
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, will be D-Day for Pastor Mark Harris. All hands are needed on deck.
The good news is that Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.
American Renewal Project
(1) Benjamin F. Morris, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, 1864
(2) Chuck Colson