If the Lord were to call 1 percent of that larger number, then 1,000 pastors would run for office in 2016. And if they each averaged 300 volunteers per campaign, that would create a 300,000 grass-roots, precinct-level explosion from the bottom-up. It would ignite a spiritual movement in the public arena of America not seen since America's founding.
Will you please pray about running for elective office in 2016? You may be thinking: "Why is this even important?" or "Does God even want us to be so concerned about politics and government?" Ronald Greer, a Methodist minister and author, wrote a book about the dark days of the Nazi takeover of Holland. Gestapo were everywhere and Jews were vanishing. Some Dutch Christians asked former missionary Hendrik Kraemer what they should do. He said to them, "I cannot tell you what to do, but I can tell you who you are. If you know who you are, then you will know what to do."
Then Kraemer picked up his Bible and read to the scared Christians: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation" (1 Pet. 2:9). After hearing the Word of God, the people thanked Kraemer, left and started the Dutch underground resistance. So let me ask you—do you remember who you are? From one generation to the next, Christian courage is a requirement if we are to be found faithful. Even as the persecuted early church prayed for an increase in boldness (not freedom from persecution), the various crises we face in America in 2015 should cause us to do the same.
And as we march forth in boldness, ready to do battle against our common enemy, the devil and "the spiritual forces in high places" (Eph. 6:12), we do well to remember that "our battle is not against flesh and blood." For those of us who as Christians are actively involved in politics—campaigns, elections, coalition-building, etc.—this must never be forgotten. We must know who we are, and we must know who our enemy is.