Trey Gowdy is known for his no nonsense, epic take downs of squirmy politicians, as he basks in the light of victory of instilling the fear of God into lying politicians everywhere.
However, on one fateful Sunday he found himself in Second Baptist Woodway in Houston, TX instead instilling hope and sounding the call for unity for those who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ.
We’ve all known that Gowdy is a man of ethics and principles, but he’s never made a big to-do about his faith. He candidly opens up about meeting the people who would be extremely influential in modeling true Christianity to him his freshmen year of college.
He met his still best friend, Ben Young, his first day on the Baylor campus a few hours after his dad dropped him off after driving fourteen hours to get there. Ben is now a pastor at Second Baptist, where Gowdy is delivering this sermon.
Gowdy spends the bulk of his sermon talking about overcoming the differences we have as people for the greater good of unity. He shares how he and Senator Tony Scott wrote a book called, ‘Unified.’ The book focuses their many differences even though they’re both Republicans from South Carolina.
“Unity is Biblical,” Gowday states. He quotes the Apostle Paul from the Book of Galatians.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Gowdy says that if the Bible were written today that, Republicans and Democrats would be added to that list.
He even opens up a bit about his own family dynamic. He admits that some members of his family think he’s a failure because his twenty one year old daughter, Abigail, currently views herself as a Socialist.
“Our daughter has very different positions on issues than her father. We don’t argue about it. Our voices aren’t raised. I don’t challenge. I don’t view myself as a failure, like some other members of my family do view as being a failure for raising a twenty one year old socialist. “
“I am not going to have a fractured relationship with my daughter.”
He then poses the biggest question the congregation.
“Are you believers who happens to be interested in the political process? Or are you a Republican or Democrat who happens to attend church?”
The point Gowdy is trying to make is that Jesus unifies all believers, but if align ourselves according to political ideology first, we’re doomed to fighting.
People are generally very skeptical when it comes to a politician delivering a message from the pulpit of a church. But sense Mr. Gowdy has announced his retirement, and he’s not campaigning for any candidate of any race in this message, he gets a rare pass.
Gowdy’s message is timely for the church in an era when it’s incredibly easy for Christians to turn on their own in an instant and side with a secular audience who rejects their God and their book all in effort to accepted by them.