The Texas GOP Does Not Need A Gatekeeper
Notice the title? Gatekeeper as defined by Wikipedia is this: "A gatekeeper is a person who controls access to something." There are gatekeepers for all kinds of activities and clubs and even churches, for that matter, but since I'm involved in the political world, I'm thinking of the GOP. I can think of a gatekeeper of the Republican party; actually I can think of a few of them. Someone who thinks that the Republican party is an arm of the Baptist Church; where religiosity and exclusion meet.
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.
There's a saying that goes something like this, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary, use words." Funny, it doesn't say anything about shouting others down and shoving the Bible down people's throats. As I've said, I'm a Christian, and that's not the Jesus I know. The Jesus I know is about love and compassion and grace and mercy. "Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?"-Romans 2:4
This is MY blog and this is MY opinion. So, take it or leave it. However, it is my feeling that Jared Woodfill along with Steven Hotze are religious gatekeepers for the Republican party. Or at least, they try to be. They want to keep the 'riff-raff' from joining in the ranks of the Republican party, and I'm not even talking about elected officials. I'm talking about activists, precinct chairs, you name it. Anybody who doesn't agree with their opinion lock stock and barrel are sinners, and not to be included in the Republican process.
I've got news for you folks, we are ALL sinners, saved by grace; and while we're talking about sinners, let's remind ourselves who Jesus was often found in fellowship with. 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.
Funny thing is that Jesus wasn't and still isn't about passing a purity test. If you came with a desire to be changed, to accept his forgiveness and mercy and grace, you could and you still can. If we elect Jared Woodfill as State Party Chair, there will be rules and purity tests for the activist who want to become involved. Information will not be disseminated to all activists, but only to a select 'worthy' few. He will turn this party into a top down tool for his power the same way he treated the Harris County Republican Party.
No, the Texas GOP does not need a gatekeeper. What it needs is a leader.