To the Editor,
Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence routinely states that he is a “Christian, Conservative and Republican in that order.” He might want to add politician to his list. I’ll leave it up to you to decide where it fits in the hierarchy.
Jesus, however, reminded us, “By their fruits you shall know them.” When Pence deliberately engages in misleading, partisan rhetoric, it is difficult to see underlying Christian principles at work. Generalizations such as “Obama’s failed policies, his lack of environmental sensitivity, allegiance to the NRA and guns, and a promise to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act,” seem perplexing positions when measured against biblical standards.
His alliance with Donald Trump also does little to bolster Pence’s Christian credentials. To have a running mate who calls his opponent the devil, who has demeaned people throughout his campaign, who is arrogant, encourages violence, and who spreads gossip and untruths while you sit quietly by-lends credence to those who label this the “post-Christian age.” In Second Corinthians, Paul tells us “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” I do not know Trump’s heart — just his actions. Paul’s main point is the inadvisability of locking yourself into relationships that cause you to compromise your faith. As an apologist for Trump, Mike Pence has willingly assumed a dubious role for a Christian.
Writer Philip Yancey points out, “There are three kinds of Christians that outsiders to the faith respect: pilgrims, artists and activists. The uncommitted will listen to them far sooner than they will an evangelist or apologist.” All of us, including Pence, who profess our faith should carefully consider St. Francis’s admonition, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
— Larry Brown