America Needs the Faith of Mike Pence

We mock and ridicule to our own lasting loss.

By Michael Brown Published on February 19, 2018

According to everything I know, Vice President Mike Pence is not a religious fanatic. Rather, he is like millions of other Americans: a God-fearing, Bible-believing Christian. Yet large segments of our population have become so anti-Christian (and even anti-God) that a committed believer like Pence is now vilified as a religious nutcase.

Put another way, the darkness has become so dark that a normal light seems blinding. Deception and false religion have spread so widely that the simple truth seems threatening.

Pence’s Morality

One day the Vice President is being “roundly ridiculed” when it is “revealed that he makes an effort never to be alone with a woman who is not his wife.”

The next day it’s Joy Behar mocking Pence as if he were mentally ill, saying, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.”

The next day it’s Gus Kenworthy, a gay Winter Olympian, tweeting, “Broke my thumb yesterday in practice. It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings!”

And remember: Pence’s sexual morality guidelines are hardly extreme. In no way can he be called a spiritual mystic. And his views on homosexuality are mainstream in terms of the Church’s teaching for the last 2,000 years.

Yet he is mocked and ridiculed and reviled as a dangerous, bigoted extremist. How far America has fallen.

Other ‘Religious Fanatics’

Interestingly, last year, Rev. Billy Graham was voted one of the most popular men in America for a remarkable 61st time, coming in fourth behind former President Obama, President Trump, and Pope Francis. So, on some level, there is still some respect for religious leaders in America.

Yet the words of Graham’s son, Rev. Franklin Graham, spoken in honor of his father, would be viewed with abhorrence by the likes of Behar and Kenworthy.

As Franklin Graham said, “My father has been faithful to God’s Word. He believes the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. He believes in Heaven and Hell, and preached repentance from sin and that people must put their faith in Jesus Christ who took our sins to the cross, died in our place, and then God raised to life.”

Hell? Repentance from sin? Franklin Graham is a religious fanatic!

The Compromised Church

But the sorry spiritual state of America is not primarily the fault of people like Behar and Kenworthy. Instead, the bulk of the responsibility falls at the feet of the compromised Church of the nation.

In short, rather than us changing the world the world has changed us. Rather than us impacting the society, the society has impacted us. Rather than us raising the standards of the nation, we have embraced the standards of the nation.

And so, while there are millions of people professing the faith of Mike Pence with their lips, many are not living their faith out. And that, rather than the extremism of his beliefs and convictions, is our real problem. The nation is very sick, but the Church is offering a diluted cure because we ourselves are compromised and carnal.

The words of Chinese Christian leader Watchman Nee (1903-1972) still apply today: “By the time the average Christian gets his temperature up to normal, everybody thinks he has a fever.”

Or, as expressed by Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994), “The Church has been subnormal for so long, that when it finally becomes normal, everyone thinks it’s abnormal.”

Precisely so.

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Just a few days ago, former White House employee Omarosa Manigault Newman joined the hate fest against Vice President Pence, saying, “As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence.”

Yes, she explained, “So everybody that’s wishing for impeachment, might want to reconsider their life. We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president, that’s all I’m saying.”

The irony is that what America needs more anything is the faith of Mike Pence and the God of Mike Pence. We mock and ridicule to our own lasting loss.

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  • Tim Pan

    Let us not forget VP Pences help mate

    “Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike
    Pence, is a mother, educator, and award-winning watercolor artist. As
    Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Pence works to bring attention to
    art therapy and to the sacrifices made by military service members and
    their families.

    Mrs. Pence dedicated 25 years in the classroom as an elementary
    school teacher before becoming the First Lady of Indiana in 2013. In her
    role as First Lady of Indiana, Mrs. Pence created the Indiana First
    Lady’s Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c)3, established with the purpose
    to encourage and support youth and families of Indiana. The Foundation’s
    board awarded over $600,000 in grants to charities throughout Indiana
    in three years.

    As Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Pence is committed to
    raising awareness and educating the public about the mental health
    profession of art therapy in the United States and around the world. She
    has observed art therapy programs in Canada, Japan, Germany, Belgium,
    Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, and across the United States.

    Mrs. Pence is the honorary chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at
    Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis and is a member
    of Riley Children’s Foundation. She also serves as a board member for
    Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy program for young cancer patients.”

  • Concerned Christian

    It shouldn’t be surprising that the “world” does not understand communication with God. Even within the Church speaking or interacting with God via Fasting, Tongues, or Prophesy is controversial.

    Also, in Behar’s defense, she did say later on in the segment that she would prefer Pence to Trump.

    • PaulNik

      Of course she would prefer Pence to Trump.

      Pence’s counterpunch is not nearly as devastating as Trump’s, unfortunately.

      • Concerned Christian

        She might just think he’s smarter and would make a better president.

        • PaulNik

          That may be, but Trump is the man we need right now. Hopefully Pence will have his turn seven years from now.

  • Brand New Key

    Seems like a decent man. Hope he behaves himself or the fire-ant media will be all over him.

  • Patmos

    A church without compromise wouldn’t necessarily spell a righteous nation, as it’s God and his Holy Spirit who pierce the heart, not man. It’s not something you can force onto a people. That being said, a compromised church cannot preach the truth, and how can they believe if they have not heard?

    Unfortunately that spirit of anti-Christ is well at work, and many love the darkness instead of the light, and as such become selfish hypocrites like Behar and Kenworthy with consciences seared with a hot iron.

    But God is not mocked. You reap what you sow.

  • Chip Crawford

    I don’t agree with church bashing, not just because it hits close to home, but I think it is inaccurate. 1 Chron. 7:14 does not apply every time, all the time. It just doesn’t. The problem is actually a passive, hanging back church, largely due to hyper Sovereignty teaching, which leaves one perpetually waiting on God to move. However, since he set up partnership with man, clearly evidenced in the revelation of the Apostle Paul and the NT, and the ball is actually in our court most of the time, there’s a stalemate. The passive massive force mainly stays out of the world to which we are called to minister. Every time there’s a problem does not mean we should haul out the flagellation implements, grovel and pledge to once again do better. That’s just folly. The well taught but under empowered church is actually the strongest force out there and needs to actually man their positions. Unfortunately, the 1/3 to even just 1/4 of the church who have taken up the Commission and gone on the prescribed charge on the gates of hell are doing double and triple duty to make up for those rendered passive, afraid to move, lest they step on God’s toes. This is a major problem, not all of it, but accounts for our ineffectiveness.

    • Steven Ritland

      I believe the lukewarm Laodicean Church is a type of the complacent end-times American Church. You can call it “church bashing”, but I say it is calling a spade a spade. And I don’t know why II Chron 7:14 does not apply to America. We need to pray for deep repentance for the pastors, church leaders, and all who name the name of Christ in this country, starting with ourselves.

  • Jim Walker

    And Omarosa says she is a Christina, and proposed “showmance” to Piers Morgan, as everybody’s doing it.

    • Chip Crawford

      Cheap “Christianity” – I thought everyone who wasn’t a Jew was a Christian – automatically – before I got saved. Those assertions claim a false equivalency that is injurious to the truth.

      • Jim Walker

        That is why I say Christina… They aren’t Christians, because the sheep hears the Shepherd’s voice. John 10:27.

  • Andrew Morabito

    What a sad state the Church is in currently, mired in compromise with the world. Lord send revival!

  • G Zierl

    It is not just in the United States that the problem lies.
    All over the West, the church has been more interested with stone building, rather than with building the Kingdom of God.
    It has been more interested in ceremonies, rather than true intimacy with God.
    More interested in proclaiming human philosophies and ideas, than with proclaiming the Bible.
    More interested with fitting in with society, than in fitting in with God’s will and challenging society and its evils.
    Anyone who goes against this weak and sorry mockery of the Church of Jesus Christ is vilified as a religious extremist by the world, and the apostate church.
    However, I think I will just continue preaching from the Bible and be counted with the faithful saints throughout the centuries.

  • Barry Stallings

    If anyone has evidence that a God exists, please call call Matt Dillahunty at “The Athiest Experience”. I’ve never heard a convincing argument for the existence of any God. I would love to hear one.

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