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Service to Christ and the Constitution

June 4, 2021

Religious conversions are common in Protestant dominated America. Billy Graham was motivated to convert people from sinful ways through belief in Jesus Christ. It is remarkable, however, when Roman Catholics become “Evangelical” Protestants.

The long history of the Catholic Church is rooted in national culture. Ireland and Italy are “Catholic” and shape Americans of Italian and Irish descent. For them, leaving the Church for “Protestantism” can be a wrenching experience.  It seems that when an undergraduate at Hanover College in Indiana, Mike Pence, former Vice President of the United States, left the Catholic Church and encountered consternation and anger from members of his Irish Catholic family.

“Religion” with a capital “R” is different from “faith.” Religions are “believed” while “faith” is experienced. All this is prefatory to examining why and how Mike Pence served President Donald Trump as his Vice President.

Selection of Pence as Veep is reported to have been on the strong recommendation of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. When Trump learned what Pence’s beliefs were, Trump at the last minute tried to reverse that decision.

During his four years of service as Vice President, Pence went beyond the requirements of loyal service and debased himself to the President he served.

In his six-page, 3,494 word, acceptance speech on August 26, 2020, Vice President Pence cited Donald Trump thirty-three times. At the conclusion of this speech given at historic Fort McHenry, to the notes of “Hail to the Chief,” President Trump appeared in person to greet his Vice President.

The entire performance saddened me, both for Mike Pence, a better man than his role of “First Sycophant” requires, and for the lime-light striving Chief Executive who demands that his appointees debase themselves with fulsome praise of their “Boss.”

Why would this former Governor of Indiana debase himself in that manner? I concluded that Pence’s spiritual conversion was based on actual, real experience of Christ’s presence in his soul, in life and human history. Pence believes that the election of Donald Trump was God’s Will.

Yet when directed by the divinely ordained President to betray his oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, Mike Pence chose to honor his oath.

After all that Mike Pence did to honor President Trump, the divinely ordained President unleashed a mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence.”

Instead of attacking former President Trump, on June 3, 2021, Pence “said the two may never ‘see eye to eye’ about the Jan. 6 insurrection.” Only a Christian of deep faith would speak so meekly of an attempt to assassinate him.

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