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I’ve known Dr. Steven Hotze for 25 years. He was one of the first Christians to take the principles outlined in my God and Government series and train men in a biblical understanding of government. He didn’t just talk about these principles; he applied them in the realm of politics in the city of Houston and the state of Texas. When ministers stood up and preached the Bible to all of life, there were a number of political victories that resulted in social transformation. Ministers need to study the history of the “Election Sermon.” John Lofton writes: “In his book Jerusalem Instructed And Warned (Boston, 1725), Ebenezer Thayer says if election preachers were to offer thanks for greatness received, they were also to be ‘watchmen upon Jerusalem’s wall, whose proper business is to descry dangers, and give seasonable notice thereof; to observe the sins of the times, and the awful symptoms of God’s departure.’”
The sad fact is that many pastors today refuse to preach the whole counsel of God. The reason Houston has a self-avowed homosexual as mayor is because Christians have not taken their duties as Christians seriously.
Days prior to the election, Dr. Hotze interviewed me on the homosexual issue related to politics. He was concerned that pastors were not standing up for what they claimed they believed. If Christians in Houston had put their faith to work, Houston would not have a homosexual mayor. The following is a letter that Dr. Hotze addressed to pastors. Please take it to heart and pass it along:
Greetings in the name of our King, Jesus! We now have an avowed sodomite as mayor of our city. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). [Annise] Parker’s election is a disgraceful occurrence.
It should be noted that three city council candidates who were endorsed by Conservative Republicans of Harris County defeated candidates endorsed by the homosexual political caucus; Stephen Costello defeated Susan Kerr, Al Choang defeated Mike Laster, and Brenda Stardig defeated Lane Lewis. Both Laster and Lewis are openly homosexual. This is a silver lining.
The media unmercilessly attacks anyone who dares to challenge homosexuality and the homosexuals’ political agenda. The press intends to intimidate Christian leaders and pastors and discourage them from standing on the truth of God’s word. It appears that it has been successful in this attempt. Where are the Charles Spurgeons and Jonathan Edwards of our generation? Will any pastor preach on Romans 1:18-32?
“He who says to the wicked, ‘You are righteous,’ peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; but to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them” (Proverbs 24:24–25).
Now, which one of you is willing to stand in the gap and provide godly Christian leadership to restore our city to righteousness and to elect men of integrity, who are above reproach, to office? We need to beseech God to raise up a leader like Nehemiah who will lead the people to rebuild the walls which have been destroyed. I will wholeheartedly serve whoever takes up the mantle of leadership and help him successfully achieve these goals.
Awaiting your response, I remain, as always,
Your obedient servant,
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer