We Are Called by God to Be Watchmen
By Dr. Steven F. Hotze
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
An ideological battle is going on for the heart and soul of America. Christians entered the arena of politics in order to push back a number of destructive moral trends. But now we are seeing a number of Christian political leaders calling for the Republican Party to be more “inclusive.” One such person is Kelley Horsley who says she is working “to select more conservative candidates for Harris County and the great state of Texas!”
In a recent editorial, Horsley has opposed what she calls “religious gatekeepers.” She defines a religious gatekeeper as “Someone who thinks that the Republican Party is an arm of the Baptist Church; where religiosity and exclusion meet.”
She goes on to explain herself with the following:
“You know the kind of person I’m talking about. The kind of person who uses their Christianity and ‘holier than thou’ attitude as a weapon. Who invokes the name of Jesus to instill fear in those who would oppose them. Who ALWAYS paint their opponents as less than Christian or as not conservative enough. Let me tell you something, I have a personal relationship with Jesus, and that’s not the Jesus I know.”
Horsley does not explain what particular positions these “religious gatekeepers” are trying to keep out of the Republican Party.
You are probably aware that leadership positions in a political party are extremely important. They are the “gatekeepers.” The way the leadership goes, so goes the party. We’ve seen it over and over again. Those elected to leadership positions have been placed there to guard the party’s platform of principles and to hold the elected officials accountable for their voting record. Sadly, the current placeholder of the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT), Tom Mechler, has refused to assume this responsibility.
This volatile political season is being defined in terms of what the leadership in the Republican Party has been doing with their gatekeeping responsibilities. The one word I keep hearing being used is “betrayal.” The leadership of the Republican establishment has betrayed the trust of the grassroots party members to uphold and advance the conservative principles on which they were elected.
It is essential to keep the quislings, who want to compromise our conservative and Biblical principles, out of Republican leadership positions. This is why you need gatekeepers. We need an individual, like Jared Woodfill, who has demonstrated the courage of his convictions to serve as Chairman of the RPT.
Those who oppose Biblical absolutes, like Horsley, want their own weak-kneed gatekeepers who will allow those who promote moral perversion to be welcomed into the party with open arms on the one hand and oppose those who promote Biblical morality on the other hand. “Gatekeepers” are inevitable. The question is “What are the gatekeepers’ convictions and values?”
Horsley states that she is a Christian. She wants to use Jesus as her example. This is commendable. “Let’s remind ourselves who Jesus was often found in fellowship with,” she writes. “Jesus didn’t eat with the religious elite, remember? He didn’t rub elbows with the Pharisees or with Pontius Pilate. He ate with the sinners and tax collectors and the broken and the sick. He was ALL inclusive.”
On a personal basis this is true, but would Jesus have put these people, who were involved in a sinful lifestyle, in leadership positions without first requiring them to repent of certain sins? That’s the question. Let me cite some examples.
When Jesus met the woman of Samaria, she was an outcast. She was involved in sexual sin. Jesus tells her, “call your husband.” She responds with, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband. . .” (John 4:16-18).
Did Jesus approve of her sexual sins? He did not. He called on her to change the way she was living, to repent. Jesus reached out to the outcasts of society to redeem them, not to approve of their lifestyle. Jesus did not call on the government authorities to force people to approve of sinful lifestyles.
The woman caught in adultery was an outcast. While Jesus condemned the condemners who most likely set her up in order to test Jesus’ moral convictions. Where was the man if she had been caught in the act? He told the woman to “sin no more” (John 8:11). Once again, yes, Jesus did reach out to an outcast, but He did not condone the behavior of the outcast.
It is not clear how Horsley is defining “inclusive” because she does not tell us. No one is claiming that only people free of sin can join the Republican Party or be a leader.
Don’t you agree that those who promote immoral activity as normal and wholesome, and as a civil right, must be opposed, just as we oppose those who promote communism or socialism? You are probably aware that the LGBT homosexual political movement is intent on forcing individuals, schools, churches and business institutions, under the penalty of law, to accept, affirm and celebrate the perverted homosexual and so called “transgender” lifestyles. The LGBT wants to mandate that these perverted lifestyles be taught to your children and grandchildren in the schools starting in kindergarten.
The Apostle Paul warned the church of Ephesus with these words.
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert . . .” (Acts 20:28-31).
What’s true of church government is equally true for civil government: Be on your guard.
The gatekeepers of Troy were responsible for guarding the city. Instead, they lowered their guard and allowed the enemy to enter.
There are wolves in sheep’s clothing who are entering our party in the Trojan horse of “inclusiveness” and who, once inside the party, want to eliminate the Biblical moral standards espoused in our party platform and to promote people into leadership positions who will compromise our conservative principles.
What the Republican Party of Texas needs are strong leaders who are gatekeepers of our conservative values, and who have proven the courage of their Christian and conservative convictions to oppose those who would compromise its core principles. Jared Woodfill and Cathie Adams are the right people to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairwoman of the RPT and to protect and advance our values.