I've never trusted or depended on the Republican party to deliver anything that I might be interested in as an evangelical Christian, at least from a political perspective. They have been extremely interested in converting Christians over to support their economic policies and their foreign policy. I've read half a dozen books by Christian authors who have either downplayed, ignored or twisted Christian principles in an attempt to wrap them around the core values of Republicanism. On the other hand, considering the level of support that has been given to Republican candidates by evangelical Christians, they have been held accountable to deliver surprisingly little. Attempts by conservative Christian leaders to "baptize" some Republicans to make them palatable have only sent a message that they can continue to abuse this constituency with no consequences. The litany of Republican failures related to the Christian conservative constituency that has been its most loyal support is a long one. Some "out of the box" thinking is going to be required to be effective and change things. First must come the realization that evangelical, conservative Christians are in the minority. Geographically clustered mainly in the deep South and Midwest, there are places where this group can affect the vote and outcome of elections, but not a majority and not nationwide. The idea of attempting to dominate one party and drag it along to hopefully get something out of it has failed. I think Christians can be far more effective as an independent voice. This will require sharp negotiation and some re-prioritizing of particular issues in order to be effective. Political compromise is not equal to spiritual compromise. Individuals have covenants with God in Jesus Christ, not nations. Second, in prioritizing issues, a realistic assessment of issues will be necessary. Christians need to take a long, serious look at finding alternative ways to end abortion. The political solution, which is to overturn Roe and then get each state to pass legislation stopping abortion, is dead in the water. Christians need to look to different solutions to stopping it. If the voters in a conservative state like South Dakota aren't going to support a restrictive legal challenge to Roe, the Supreme Court will never overturn it. During Clinton's first two years in office, more "religious right" legislative initiatives were passed than at any other point before or since. The RFRA granted additional protection to churches from IRS invasions of privacy related to election issues. Equal access opened the door to student-led Christian organizations forming and meeting on campuses. The Democrats are diverse enough to be open to negotiation on many issues. Christian leaders need to become adept at playing politicians against each other instead of selling out to one side and limiting the scope of what can be done. The bottom line is to keep in mind that we do not need the permission, favor or endorsement of government to live our faith, worship, fellowship, teach or preach the Bible, spread the gospel or honor God in any other way. If the church can survive and thrive three hundred years under the Roman Empire, myriads of pogroms and persecutions over the course of history, two World Wars, communism in Russia, China and other places, it will certainly be able to endure the pendulum swings of a constantly reforming Democracy that has entered a centrist period of control by the Democratic party. The government we have is the one God put there. There are ways to stay relevant and faithful.