Written by Jesse Leon Rodgers
The interest level in the mission and vision of City Elders has reached a fevered pitch, now, even on a national level. Therefore, I suppose it is time for a clear, unambiguous and public explanation of what City Elders is all about. We wanted to organize the group, the warriors really, in the spiritual sense of the word before we marched too far into battle with the wickedness which has engulfed our nation.
If the history books haven’t been rewritten yet, last I checked, our nation was founded on the freedom of religion. It is the core of who we are as a country. When you consider the incredible persecution allowed around the world, it is easy to see the importance of such a freedom. In China churches are being bulldozed, burned—literally destroyed. Church members are imprisoned for their faith. Many are put into re-education centers to teach their youth a new way. In our nation, we just sat back and allowed the re-education centers to happen right under our noses without much of a debate.
Like it or not, we are being drawn into a fight; God’s word is being disregarded as if it is merely a possible suggestion. Our spiritual and governmental foundations are still in place and we can rebuild again. But it is going to take patriots and preachers of righteousness, business leaders and civil servants, who have had their fill of surrendering territory to the enemy and are ready to go into a spiritual war to preserve a nation.
There has been an assault in America for the soul of our nation for the last two generations. Unfortunately, those of us reading this somehow virtually laid down and played possum. We just didn’t engage in the spiritual, cultural and political battles we should have been in. Rest assured, we are at war against the powers of darkness which are on a mission to destroy the family, the church, the culture and ultimately the nation. City Elders is here to raise up God’s people to take our place in these battles.
Many have not engaged in the battle because they have not understood the nature of the spiritual war, where the attacks are coming from or how to engage. Many are disengaged because they are holding out for the imminent return of the Lord or thinking that the demise of the nation is simply a “sign of the times” and there is nothing that we can do but bemoan our losses and “hold-on” till the end. This theology and eschatology shackles these folks to a sinking ship mentality without sail or rudder rather than a victorious vessel sailing to shore with the spoils of war aboard.
Others have hunkered down in their homes and houses of worship while the enemy has ravaged our youth. He has destroyed morals, undermined biblical marriage, murdered the unborn, pillaged the political system and been allowed to roam freely through our nation. In fact, he roams about with quite a bit of support.
He marches on a full-frontal attack to destroy the next generation of children through the indoctrination and reorientation camps we call schools. Public schools weren’t ever meant to be a political playground. The very innocence, purity and eternal destination of our children is at stake, having been made the target of the Wicked One. He wants to sexually assault the minds of primary school children, sully their morality and confuse their identity through the lie of gender fluidity and sexual reorientation. It’s not ok to redefine our children against what our Bible teaches. It’s not.
The Wicked One does not stop “until He is stopped!” And this is precisely where City Elders comes in. The mission of City Elders is to stop evil from being forced upon others, especially through civil government policy and institutions. We hold that people should be free to practice what the Bible would address as sin (although within the law). However, governmental institutions cannot and should not be used to promote that form of anti-Biblical action. Neither should the government control or subsidize institutions be used to promote or propagate these actions.
There is one, and only one, reason why wickedness has pervaded the culture and dominated the governmental arena . . . and that reason is Christians have allowed it to happen. And we, in the “City Elders Movement” intend to change that narrative.
City Elders exists to govern the gates of our cities spiritually, politically and economically, so that: life is protected, liberty is defended, Christ is exalted, suffering is alleviated and families can flourish. That is our mission, plain and simple.
We have identified spiritual leaders, elders, in the county seats of forty of Oklahoma’s seventy-seven counties. These spiritual leaders are found in the church, in civil government and in the business sectors. These are men and women of God whose spiritual influence reaches far beyond the walls of their own home and the church house. These are leaders who realize the Lordship of Jesus Christ was intended to be recognized in every sphere of our lives, public and private.
Our goal is to have “Spiritual Governing Councils” established in all seventy-seven counties of Oklahoma by November of 2020. We are well on our way to reaching that goal. These spiritual governing councils are praying men and women who function in the same capacity as the City Elders of the ancient cities of Israel. They were the influencers, the decision makers, the leaders of the city. These leaders sat in the gates of the fortified cities of Israel and made judgement calls upon what was allowed in the city and what was disallowed. They protected the city from invasions and intrusions. And they were the first line of defense against attacks from enemies or anyone who would do the citizens harm.
The concept of City Elders is not new; it is an ancient and Biblical form of city governance which recognizes the significance of dominating the spiritual atmosphere through prayer and proclamation. Thereafter believers must wield their spiritual authority by influencing the sectors of civil government and business through participation and engagement. This is governing and protecting the city and its inhabitants within the framework of a Biblical worldview with an understanding that we were and are made in the image of God and for the glory of God.
ABOUT: Jesse Leon Rodgers is the founder and president of City Elders, a reformation model of city and state governance that trains up and empowers Christian elders how to govern the gates of the city spiritually, politically, and economically.
He is the chairman of the Oklahoma Watchmen on the Wall Network; the pastor’s network of the Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.
Rodgers’ unique role with the Family Research Council and City Elders has positioned him to influence government officials from the local municipalities to the White House.