I believe Mike Pence has the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within Him. No one I know questions this fact. Of course, we cannot know for 100% certainty whether any one person is truly converted, but all signs point to “yes” for Mike Pence. He has made a point of being vocal about his Christian faith. And if his quotations are any indication of his love for Jesus, then this man is part of God’s Kingdom. He is devoted to the pro-life cause. He is reported to have consulted his Bible on all matters of public policy. And do I even need to mention his incredibly loving response to the interrogation he faced during the Broadway performance of “Hamilton.” That one speaks volumes. I could go on. But I think the point is made.
No Reason to Doubt
We have no reason to doubt that this man is a blood bought, born again child of the living God. We should recognize the fruit in other believers, and praise God for it. Granted, few of us know Pence personally and are not ‘in-the-know’ when it comes to his daily walk with Christ. But that isn’t the issue. There are numerous people we don’t know personally, whose testimonies we wouldn’t dare question. Furthermore, nowhere in Scripture are we called to overly inspect the fruit of other people, so that we can search for ways to undermine their conversion. We should be looking for elements of grace, not searching for areas where we can potentially judge. Do not forget Romans 14:10-11: “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” This verse should make us tremble. Holy trembling is good for us. It keeps us humble, and dependent on God. Of course, this doesn’t mean we cannot offer good and honest critique of our government officials. It does mean that we ought to be very careful how we do it……….especially when he or she loves the same Lord you do. For this and many other reasons, I see no reason to scrutinize the idea that Mike Pence loves Jesus Christ.
The Thought Should Excite Us
This is a good thing. In fact, it is more than a good thing. It is a beautiful thing! Why? Well, besides the possibility of Mr. VP running for President in the future (can you imagine??!!), there is another big reason that Pence being a Christian is a good thing. While I am thankful that Trump won the election, for various reasons I do not believe he knows Jesus savingly…………yet. Why do I say ‘yet’? Because God can do all things. He can use Mike Pence to bring the gospel to Donald Trump. Does this possibility not excite you?! Does it not make you wonder what Pence is thinking? Or if he has already planted a couple seeds with Mr. Trump? Does it make you wonder if he is praying about the opportunity? Or if the Spirit is stirring Pence’s heart at this very moment about how and when he will share the gospel? If you doubt that Pence has these desires, I exhort you to check your Bible. You may notice a certain theme that runs all the way through it. Children of God (like our future Vice President) want other people to become children of God. And Donald Trump is one of those other people. Mike Pence (and us, and the angels, and God!) would rejoice if Trump were to repent of his sins and believe the gospel. God is glorified when those who are far off are brought near by the blood of His precious Son. Therefore, Pence has all the motivation he needs to share the gospel with Donald Trump. People who love Jesus want other people to love Jesus too!
What It Means for America
There is another tiny little reason it matters greatly that Pence is a Christian. It may not be as eternally important as souls being saved. But temporally speaking, it is very important. And it is this: If Trump gets saved through the witness of Mike Pence, then America could only change for the better. America would have a God-fearing man in the White House. Can you imagine what that would look like? Can you fathom what type of changes Trump would make to this nation? What about the grace and humility in his voice as he makes speeches to millions of people? And what kind of lasting impact would he have on our young people? Oh, and how about this………Would it not give him much greater motivation to keep the promises he made about abolishing Planned Parenthood? Hmmmm……..a lot to ponder, isn’t it? And by no means am I suggesting that he won’t otherwise keep some of his promises. I’m simply saying that, if he were a Christian, the conviction to be faithful to your promises would be overwhelming. The Holy Spirit would be constantly at work within him. His love for God would grow. His love for family and friends would grow. And consequently, his love for his country would grow.
Remember, Pence Wants to Please God
In other words, he wants to obey God’s commandments. He wants to obey them always. And when he doesn’t, he will confess and repent of those sins. This is what Christians do. We keep repenting, and we keep believing. And we have an increasing desire to obey Christ. Pence is no different. If he has the Holy Spirit, he has many of the same desires that all of us Christians have. Just because he is involved in politics, and has different responsibilities than we do, does not mean that he is less knowledgeable of what God requires. In fact, it may be all the more reason for him to be in the Word constantly. (As I mentioned earlier, he has been known to consult his Bible often) And judging by his response to the ‘Hamilton’ cast, I have to believe that he must be in God’s Word…………often. That kind of humility doesn’t usually come from someone who neglects the Word of God. His fruit looks like it is growing from a good tree.
The Great Commission
There is one commandment Jesus gave that all Christians should know about. It’s the one that appears at the very end of Matthew’s gospel. And it goes like this: “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). We know these verses as the Great Commission. Share the gospel. Baptize. Teach. Then, do it all over again. When this happens, God is glorified. Mike Pence is aware of this fact. Like any Christian, Pence wants to witness to those whom God places in his inner circle. Pence knows about the Great Commission. And the Holy Spirit dwelling within our future Vice President will enable and compel him to share this gospel with others. Like us, he wants to impact his neighbors and co-workers. And Donald Trump certainly qualifies as his neighbor and co-worker. How exciting is that??
Am I Being Unrealistic?
Now, you may be thinking, “Jamie, with the country in such a place of division and moral decline, Pence has way too many other things on his mind as the Vice President of the United States!” True, he does have many other things on his mind. More than most of us can probably imagine. But does this mean that he would neglect the most important things in his life? Things like sharing the only message that can save people from their sins, and an eternity in hell. I should hope not. As a believer in Jesus Christ, Pence thinks about how to please God above all things. And as I said above, when you think about God you think about His commandments. You cannot separate the two. You think about how to love Jesus and your neighbor. And I would submit that the kindest thing you can ever do for someone is to share the gospel with them. So the answer is no. It is not unrealistic to believe that God will use Mike Pence to get through to Trump. The Holy Spirit is not limited by our small, finite minds. We have an infinite God. We need to be more like children, and start believing bigger things.
The Danger of Placing Limits on God
Do you think I’m crazy for writing this blog? I imagine some of you will answer ‘yes’ to that question. In fact, some of you might answer ‘yes’ regardless of whether I wrote the blog or not! I’ll have to tackle that one another time. But on the issue of Pence witnessing to Trump, I will let the Word of God speak. Ephesians 3:20 states, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” For those of you who are skeptical, I have a question. Is Trump getting converted beyond the scope and power of what this verse states? Oh, and what about Jeremiah 32:27, which says, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Well, is there anything too hard? God is asking. And we ought to be very careful when we answer that question. We dare not get it wrong.
Love Believes and Hopes All Things
First Corinthians 13:7 states, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Love believes that Mike Pence really cares about the souls of lost people, one of whom could be our next President. Believing all things means that we don’t just believe that the Holy Spirit is doing a mighty work in the heart of the Vice President-elect. It means we believe that God will ‘do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.’ It means we rejoice in the hope that another sinner (Donald Trump) gets converted, and God is glorified. The angels in heaven rejoice when this happens. (Luke 15:7) We ought to do the same.
Love believes that the Spirit will work in the life of Mike Pence, to stir up his heart to share the Good News with Donald Trump. And also to challenge the President if his profession of faith does not match up with his behavior. This will not be an easy task for Mr. Pence. We must be praying for him, as well as all other Christians involved in politics. If we feel a tremendous weight to get the gospel to our co-workers, should we expect it to be any less with government workers?
Love believes that the Holy Spirit will work mightily inside government offices throughout the United States. And that includes the White House over the next four years! Just what if the Spirit of God were to enter the heart of the man who will be in the Oval Office very soon?! The end result: A God fearing man leading his wife, family, and nation! Wow.
The Power of God
I am thankful that Donald Trump won the presidential election. He is the President-elect. But that won’t get him into heaven. That won’t forgive his sins. He can’t be voted into God’s Kingdom, even if the population and the Electoral College say so. To get into heaven, he must be God’s elect. We don’t know if he is elect of God, and neither does Mike Pence. But there is one thing I believe Mike Pence does know, and it is this: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Preach it, Mr. VP!!!
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