A week and a half ago, I was sitting in a room of concerned precinct officers, planning for the local party election the following evening. The current chairman of our central committee explained to us he had made some mistakes but his goal for the second term would be to bring all the factions in the party together. I challenged him that he should know better and after two years in office he cannot be so naive. The factions in the party cannot come together because the two greatest factions consist of one side being those who stand on principle – for truth – and the other side being those who wish to compromise the truth for political or business gain. I then admonished him all efforts to unify the ranks will be a wasted effort and what he should invest his time in is standing up for the principles fundamental to our party – our platform; the truth. When these principles are attacked, he must be there to defend and that is the only way to lead, giving direction to our party – and this is the only way the general public is going to know there is a difference between the parties. He immediately backtracked, saying what he meant was to help the conservatives unify and no, he was not naive.
The following night, there were three candidates for chairman of our local central committee. All three trumpeted their desire to be the champion of unifying our party. One candidate, who is active in the local Tea Party, began the conversation for unity telling us the party will be destroyed if we don’t all come together. I have heard he is a professing Christian. If so, he should know better; his involvement with the Tea Party should have taught him better. None of the candidates expressed any goals of leadership or party-building – they wasted their time spouting the mantra of unity.
Years ago, I was involved with a large church where unity was the goal of the leadership. One day, I was discussing this with the pastor and I mentioned to him I doubted thirty percent of the people attending this church were true Christians, followers of Christ. To my surprise, he told me he thought it was closer to ten percent. During a conversation on this matter with a subcommittee of the elders, I pointed out to them if all sides compromise equally unity will be found at the fifty-percent mark. They agreed. Then I pointed out, if less than half the people are truly saved, this puts the fifty percent mark in the non-Christian territory. They got angry – and I had pointed this out because I doubted most the elders were saved.
My question is this: Are we called to save the party at all costs, even the cost of the truth? If we truly care about our walk reflecting our faith in God and/or if we truly care about our nation, our obligation is to stand up for the truth. If my goal is to save my party and dwell in unity with those who seek to destroy the truth, my walk with Christ will be compromised and my country will go to hell in a handbasket – my handbasket. Lies and compromise will destroy us individually and nationally.
It is a fact there can be no unity in our current cultural environment. There was a time in our nation when the vast majority of the people at least tipped their hats to Christian principles, even if they did not live by them. At that time, our nation appeared much more unified and the differences between the factions seemed to be smaller. Not so today, because we have been systematically removing God from our society and those who oppose the truth have become more emboldened to stand up for evil – even blatantly, to their shame. But there is no shame. Now many of our nation’s leaders, with the help of the mainstream media, are orchestrating the people’s march to unity – a unity built on deceit; a unity built in opposition to God – a modern day Tower of Babel. But as long as a few remain who will not bend to the lies, there can be no unity.
On the local level, within the GOP, you have those who have compromised the truth because they have political aspirations, or they don’t want to upset business buddies. They profess to be conservative and even some are professing Christians. They profess to be pro-life, pro-second amendment and such but even in this, their pro-life stand has exceptions, as well as all their other stands for truth. Some have deceived themselves thinking that friendship with the world gives them good in-roads to witness for Christ and they view Christians who will not compromise their stand for truth as divisive. God warns throughout Scripture we must fear God, not man (Psa 118:8 et al) and Jesus warned if we walk with Him the world will hate us because it hated Him first (Joh 15:18-20). They have deceived themselves – they want to think they are Christian; they want peace to build their estates on this earth. But they do not understand if the world loves them, they cannot be following Christ.
My friends, this battle for unity has been going on long before I entered politics in 1983 and it will continue to the end. It is the cry of the devil as he is organizing his armies against the coming king, Jesus Christ – because every level of unity, especially in today’s culture, requires a compromise or systematic purging of the truth. And, if you are a conservative who wants to stand for truth without God, understand well that you, of all people, have lived your life in vain. As for me, the truth is more dear to me than the party; my country is more dear to me than the party; my walk with Christ is more dear to me than the party. I will stand for the truth, always.
If you decide to stand for the truth, expect to be marginalized and discredited – even by other professing Christians. But don’t get caught in the trap of trying to win back the affection of the world because it will cost you your soul. Our nation has been in decline because more people have desired mans’ approval than have desired truth. As our nation continues this downward trend, don’t become the last nail in the coffin. Stand for truth – God’s truth, no matter what the cost.