November 6, I was shocked. Whether right or wrong, wise or
naive, we firmly believed the American people were
awakened and engaged sufficiently to stop the runaway train
loaded with toxic chemicals of economic irresponsibility,
moral depravity, assaults on the family, and blatant disre
The long night of November 6 gave way to a very sobering
November 7. With raw emotions, disbelief, periods of
weeping, a broken heart, intentional limited conversations
and media exposure, I sought God for understanding and
clarity. We simply can't go to the next thing on the calendar
or to-do list without cooperating with the process of grieving
and learning what valuable lessons are needed for the future.
Healthy families process their way forward through
challenges and setbacks. I recommend individuals, pastors,
prayer groups and congregations who were highly engaged
in the election set aside time to talk, pray and process. A
clear perspective, healthy attitude and successful future
hinges on how we allow God to speak to us, and if
necessary, release healing.
This response is written to honor the selfless acts of
thousands of people we had the privilege of praying and
working with, speaking to, and who entrusted their precious
resources to us and the Kingdom of God this year in good
faith that America could turn in 2012. I salute the 'first
responders' who have risked their futures, jeopardized
friendships, given generously, prayed without ceasing,
obeyed God and responded when summoned to take a stand
as a watchman on the cultural wall across the country at a
moment's notice. It has been our privilege to walk with, work
alongside and war in the trenches with you throughout our
We'll focus on two primary thoughts realizing there are many
worthwhile discussions that need to take place among the
Church, its leaders, and those who love God and believe in
America. The Christian community will now learn the hard
lesson of incrementalism. Incrementalism is a principle from
the Scriptures that says whether your discipling nations or
wrestling with high level problems, you must think and work
for incremental gain. Exodus 23:29-30 says, "I will not drive
them out before you in a single year, that the land may not
become desolate, and the beast of the field become too
numerous for you. I will drive them out before you little by
little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the
The Kingdom of God includes the miraculous sudden
interventions however lands are possessed, nations are
discipled, and critical elections are won step by step. While
the Charismatic movement reminded us of the Holy Spirit's
power, place and importance, unfortunately a byproduct is a
significant number of culturally irrelevant, self-focused,
Biblically illiterate believers. Our interactions in 2012 with
many people and believers caused serious concern that
because Governor Romney was not seen as the ideal
candidate, people would stay home and not get involved.
This all or nothing ignorance has set the stage for a national
crisis beyond what we've witnessed in our lives.
On election night, political analysts said President Obama
won reelection because of his ground game in key states
such as Ohio. In other words, his campaigns strategy won the
day. Sound strategies prevail over sound ideas with low-level
organizational management. This thought takes us into the
next portion of now what?
For this point, we look to the life of David when his child died
after he had fasted and laid on the ground before God
through the night praying for healing. 2 Samuel 12:19 and 23
tells how David responded to the devastating news and
tremendous loss. He got up, changed his clothes, began to
eat and worshiped God. The praying Church must not be
consumed by the harsh reality of a loss and therefore
paralyzed in these critical days. Your nation depends on you
getting up, changing your wardrobe from yesterday's battle,
regaining your strength, returning to the throne room of God
to worship the King, and reengaging in the long war of turning
America. There's no time allotted for disillusionment,
discouragement or disengagement.
I call attention to the story in Judges 19 and 20 where the
sons of Israel had their national wake up call. When
confronted with the sharp jagged edge of depravity, they said,
"Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen..." Millions
of Americans are now thinking what the sons of Israel stated.
Though they were stunned by the disgraceful acts the tribe
of Benjamin had committed, what they did is a blue print for
Together they worked, warred and won. The pressure
imposed on them by current events, which would affect
everyone, forced them to unite as never before. While I
celebrate the progress and locking of arms in the body of
Christ in 2012, the truth is it wasn't as broad and coordinated
as needed to win. Beginning now, the Church must work
diligently to find ways of uniting on a broader level. 2013 and
beyond will bring intensified pressures on families, ministries
and communities. We must be willing to lay down our will,
pride and ministries for the greater cause. The pressure is on
--- pray God's people work together on a broader level than
In Judges, the people warred together with resolute resolve
and refined strategy. Though they were 'in the right,'
standing for truth, and fighting for the good of their people's
future, they lost 22,000 men in the first battle and 18,000 in
the next battle. My dear friends and comrades in Christ's
Kingdom and specifically those who uphold conservative
ideas, the last two presidential elections --- though fought
with intensity, passion and notable sacrifice --- have been
much like a prize fighter taking a direct hit to the head.
However, we must heed the word of God and learn from it in
such a time as this. As 2012 comes to its final act and 2013
opens, we are to show up again for the third day of battle.
Like the great patriots who have gone before us and on
whose shoulders we now stand, may we go to the Lord
weeping if need be, praying, fasting, worshiping and obtain
from God Himself the strategy to win. The sons of Israel
asked Him if they should fight again or cease. God gave a
promise for the first time telling them to fight and the next day
He would deliver the enemy into their hand. With that, they
employed a new strategy and were victorious. Scripture says
the men of Benjamin were terrified and defeated on the third
day. Two days have past and it's now the third day. We are
not satisfied to say we ran the race or are we disillusioned by
the past setbacks? May the people of God gain the
strategies needed and hold fast with the will and faith to win!
A primary assignment we have carried since 2004 is to be a
voice to the Church and civil government. In light of this,
given the 2012 election results and what we feel God will do
in America, we solicit the prayer of the Church as we pursue
the following things.
1) Establish Community Watch Groups: A new era
requires new levels of cooperation in our local communities.
Pastors and churches must shift from just appointing people
to lead ministries within the Church, to appointing leaders
who monitor the important issues within the community.
These community watch groups should work in partnership
with the same groups from other churches within a city. The
impact of this type of united initiative creates a citywide
alliance that can educate and mobilize the Christian
community --- much like military special operations intervenes
quickly and effectively. As these regional leaders network
within their state, it will take the next step of networking on a
national level. When this level of cooperation is reached, the
Church will be prepared as a voice to state and national civil
government leaders. From a Kingdom of God perspective,
we'll see the principle of synergy and agreement activated for
righteous causes. From a political perspective, our
government leaders will hear the voice of a unified and
informed voting block. This national network has the potential
to reform the existing lobbying system in Washington, D.C.,
as well as the capital cities.
2) Pastors serving as mayors in 50 percent of America's cities: While pastor-to-pastor fellowship circles have been
appreciated, they are subject to becoming old wineskins
unless they take the next steps of governmental
engagement. We are seeing an exciting and effective trend
as pastors, who have served with dignity and honor in their
communities, are now being elected as city officials. To turn
America under the current administration in a new era calls
for new strategy at the local level. As an example, pastor
fellowship circles can be a catalyst as they designate a local
pastor who carries the anointing of God to serve the
community as mayor. The time is now to begin this process of
prayer, discussion and planning. As the Christian community
works together to pray, promote and fund a designated
servant to run for office, it's realistic to envision we're one
election away from having Godly men and women as mayors
in fifty percent of the cities in America. From this growing
base of righteous, Kingdom-minded servants, we develop
a pool of experienced civil leaders from which our state,
national and future presidential candidates can be chosen.
3) Positioning spiritual leaders who work on the core team with local and national civil leaders: This is a new
pioneering era in our lifetime where Ephesians 4:11 spiritual
leaders will work closely with civil government leaders from
Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. to Main Street
America. Historically, we've seen evangelists meeting with
presidents and their photographs viewed across the nation.
While this is appreciated, we must understand Scripture
identifies the importance of apostles, prophets, pastors,
teachers and evangelists. The government of God must begin
to assist high-level officials in the monumental responsibility
of governing the nation so families live in peace, freedom and
prosperity. We must shift our thinking from being content to
pray leaders into offices to advising them while in office. This
means we begin now to identify the national leaders who
carry a mantle for leadership and potential presidential
candidates. As they are identified, a concentrated effort will
be launched to develop relationship and build trust so that
when the 2016 election cycle becomes front page news, the
Church will have invested several years communicating
Biblical and Kingdom wisdom to the candidates. Day three
strategy calls the Church to a higher standard of
communication and cooperation among itself, and within our
cities, states and nation. This type of leadership creates a
higher level of stewardship for our nation and for the honor of
We close with a quote from Joseph Addison's 1713
play Cato. Cato the Younger (95-46 B.C.) was a great Roman
statesman who took sides with Pompey in his unsuccessful
civil war against Julius Caesar. Caesar and his legions were
advancing towards Utica, while Cato and a small Roman
senate stood ready to defend the last vestige of the Roman
Fathers, we once again are met in council.
Caesar's approach has summon'd us together,
And Rome attends her fate from our resolves:
How shall we treat this bold aspiring man?
Success still follows him, and backs his crimes:
Pharsalia gave him Rome; Egypt has since
Receiv'd his yoke, and the whole Nile is Caesar's.
Why should I mention Juba's overthrow,
And Scipio's death? Numidia's burning sands
Still smoke with blood. 'Tis time we should decree
What course to take. Our foe advances on us,
And envies us even Libya's sultry deserts.
Fathers, pronounce your thoughts, are they still fix'd
To hold it out, and fight it to the last?
Or are your hearts subdued at length, and wrought
By time and ill success to a submission?
-- My voice is still for war.
Gods! Can a Roman senate long debate
Which of the two to choose, slavery or death!
No, let us rise at once, gird on our swords,
And, at the head of our remaining troops,
Attack the foe, break through the thick array
Of his throng'd legions, and charge home upon him.
Perhaps some arm, more lucky than the rest,
May reach his heart, and free the world from bondage.
Rise, fathers, rise! 'Tis Rome demands your help;
Rise, and revenge her slaughter'd citizens,
Or share their fate! the corps of half her senate
Manure the fields of Thessaly, while we
Sit here, deliberating in cold debates
If we should sacrifice our lives to honour,
Or wear them out in servitude and chains,
Rouse up, for shame! our brothers of Pharsalia
Point at their wounds, and cry aloud - To battle!
Great Pompey's shade complains that we are slow,
And Scipio's ghost walks unreveng'd amongst us!
I crown the many comments in this article entitled "2012
Election: What Happened? What's Next?" with these words --
- my voice is still for war! May God bless the land we so dearly love!
Wm Hope Taylor, President
International Leadership Embassy