A lot of evangelical voters who supported Trump during the election comforted themselves by pointing at his running mate, Mike Pence, and touting the merits of this awesome Christian man.
I think they were trying to rationalize that Pence would be a good influence on the man who spent the entirety of his run at the presidency acting exactly the opposite of what the Christian faith teaches about good leadership and moral men.
They wanted to have their cake and eat it, too. I get it.
I’ve got an awesome pastor, and some time ago, he taught this lesson: Be careful, because it is easier for someone to pull you down than it is to pull someone up.
That goes right along with 1 Corinthians 15:33 AMP “ Do not be deceived: [a]“Bad company corrupts good morals.”
So has Mike Pence pulled Donald Trump up, or has Trump pulled Pence down?
Well, let’s see. For days now, Trump has turned like a viper and struck, again and again, at his first and most loyal supporter, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It’s been disgusting to watch, especially in light of the fact that Trump’s main issue is that Sessions didn’t come into the job with a political agenda – defend the president, no matter what – but a law and order agenda.
What is Pence’s position on this family squabble?
It wasn’t to defend Sessions. Rather, in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Pence golf clapped Trump’s willingness to publicly humiliate Sessions on social media.
From the Blaze:
“Well look I think the president’s been very candid,” he said, “that he’s disappointed with the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself and to not know about his intention to do so before he was confirmed as the attorney general of the United States.”
“But I have to tell you Tucker,” he added, “you’ve been around Washington for a long time, I know the Washington way is to talk behind people’s backs. But that’s not President Donald Trump’s approach.”
“One of the great things about this president is you always know where you stand,” he concluded.
Did this man seriously call the public tearing down of Jeff Sessions a “great thing”? If not outright, it was implied. And it is sick.
“The American people like about this president is he speaks candidly, he speaks openly,” Pence continued. “He’s expressed his disappointment but that doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize the good work that the Justice Department has been doing under the attorney general’s leadership.”
“Taking on MS13 gangs, removing them from the streets, confronting sanctuary cities, rolling back that policy across the country.” he concluded.
Here’s a thought: Maybe spend more time talking about what good Sessions and the Justice Department have done, and if he has a problem with Sessions, have a man-to-man conversation and work things out, like a professional?
Carlson attempted to turn the light on for Pence, suggesting Pence, himself, might be the target, next.
“Well, I think one of the president’s virtues is his candor,” Pence repeated.
What Trump has been doing is not “candor.” It’s petty sniping, manipulative and abusive. It’s definitely not a “virtue.”
I’m not sure where Pence is on his Bible study, but Luke 6:45 NLT gives warning: “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”
Trump’s treatment of Sessions (or anybody else who doesn’t bend the knee) is not virtuous. It is not a personality quirk. It is just a hateful, conniving person doing what is in the heart of a hateful, conniving person to do, and Mike Pence (or anybody else) defending it should be ashamed of themselves.