The Republican Gate Debate
The Republican Party is experiencing an ideological battle that is beginning to play out in full view of the public. The distinguishing characteristics are simple. On one side there is a belief that the Republican Party should widen its gates to be more inclusive. The concept driving this view is that a broader base of voters possibly could deliver higher winning percentages. The other side rejects the concept of watering down "principles" and "values" in a futile attempt to attract voters.
The Tea Party movement pushed back on those in the Republican Party who espoused the "wide gate" philosophy; and in 2010, it was the Tea Party movement that melded together with the conservatives and managed to deliver the major advances for the Republican Party. The "narrow gate" concept of staying true to "principles" and "values" must be our highest priority.
Some think this is a tool to discriminate. As a Hispanic, it's what attracted me. Substantiating this belief is a passage that I think of often when I hear the call to widen the gate. Matthew 7:13 says, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
"Only a few find it." Does this sound discouraging? Not for me because I know this: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." (Proverbs 14:34)
Knowing our country is founded on Judeo-Christian principles, it is easy for me to understand why America is an exceptional nation. Even though the odds were insurmountable, it was a few fierce patriots who defeated the British in our Revolutionary War. It was a few courageous fighters who defeated Santa Anna in the battle for Texas. It was "righteousness" that gave us the victories. It is "righteousness" that will restore our nation.
The Tea Party movement may be a small contingent of Americans, but I contend they will prevail because we believe America is worth fighting for. We also believe America is worth dying for. Therefore, we will not bow down to entrenched power and money but instead will make principles and values our highest priorities. In doing so, we know victories will surely follow.