If America is to survive, Evangelicals must move on from the failed model for civic engagement of the past 40 years. Whereas current Evangelical leadership will surely know about elections and their dates, knowing how to affect them is a different matter altogether. Strategies involving press conferences, press releases, and getting a shout-out on FOX News have proven to be a complete fiasco in efforts to curb pagan Secularism.
The only recourse is large-scale change. We must accept that the current system is broken.
We have become like the man “floating rapidly onward to the falls of Niagara, [occupying] himself in drawing a very admirable picture of the scenery.” 
Arthur W. Pink highlighted the response of King David upon learning of the insurrection of Absalom, “Yet let it be duly noted that strong faith did not produce either sloth or carelessness. David acted with diligence and wisdom: marshaling his forces, putting them in good order, dividing them to best advantage, and placing them under the command of his most experienced generals.” 
In December 2016, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivered an exceptional speech at the National Defense University. Two paragraphs stand out for their relevance:
“The greatest challenge we face is not money. The greatest challenge we face is thinking. This is one of the places assigned the responsibility for thinking. It was no accident that Admiral Nimitz said after World War II, there was no major problem in the Pacific, that they had not war-gamed at the Naval War College. It’s no accident that Eisenhower graduated first in his class at Leavenworth, and ended up as a senior planner, and then as the Commander of all allied forces in Europe.”
“These were people who understood that thinking things through really mattered. Curtis Lemay told me the greatest contribution that he made to World War II was that he had gone to the new Air Corps Command and Staff College in Montgomery, and had learned how to write a five paragraph field order. He got these huge complicated messages from 8th Air Force when he arrived as a Commander of a Wing in England, and he would rewrite them into the appropriate form, send it back and say, is this what you meant to send me? After about six weeks, 8th Air Force began issuing the new model. These things, they seem trivial, but the most successful security systems have constant processes of evolution, which require thought. The hardest is to evolve without defeat.” [Newt Gingrich: Trumpism Explained; www.foxnews.com]
If virtue is a key component of freedom, Evangelicals must emerge as a force in the public square. “The Jordan must be crossed, cities must be captured, battles must be fought, the Canaanites conquered,” before America can procure and rejoice the inheritance bequeathed by the Founders. Thankfully, we are not required to perform such feats on our own strength. He will provide. 
Will you join as Gideons and Rahabs begin to stand in 2018? Newt has a word for them; it’s a classic. [watch video clip above]
American Renewal Project
 George Bowen, quoted in The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon
 A.W. Pink, The Life of David
 A.W. Pink, Gleanings From Joshua