Dec. 6, 2017

Define Devout

A report released by the Business Insider on December 5, 2017 shared details of a planned coup prior to the 2016 election. It appears Mike Pence and Reince Priebus were both so appalled by the Access Hollywood tape released of then-candidate Trump, the RNC searched for an alternate plan. Rumor has it that a group of GOP millionaires planned to pay Trump to pull out of the race. By offering a reported $800 million dollars, the coup would substitute Pence as the Republican candidate of choice. Talks were already underway for Condoleezza Rice to serve as Pence’s VP running mate.

Of course, when the report was released yesterday, the Trump administration responded with his infamous battle cry of “fake news.” Once again, everybody is out to get him, and no one tells the truth except for FOX News. <eye roll> The RNC says the report is “100% false.” Whew! That’s good to know! The RNC reports that 31% of registered Republicans want Trump to run again in 2020. For some strange reason, I pray that part of the story is fake.

What I find most amazing about the fake report is that they referred to Pence as a “devout evangelical Christian,” struggling to accept Trump once he admitted that it was his voice on the Access Hollywood tape.  An admission he recently recanted. Here is a portion of the report (keep in mind it is fake):

“On a personal level, Pence and his wife, Karen, who are both devout evangelical Christians who have advocated for conservative “family values” for decades, were shocked and disturbed by the video. Karen was reportedly “disgusted” by Trump's “grab them by the pu---" comments — and by Trump himself.

‘She finds him reprehensible — just totally vile,’ a former Trump campaign aide told The Atlantic.”

I’ve always noticed that Mike Pence seldom smiles and typically has a strained look on his face.  Of course, since this is fake news, the look must be his natural expression.

I believe a Pence-Rice ticket would have been awesome! Class and experience could be leading us right now. Except for the fact those of us who claim to be “devout evangelical Christians” looked the other way. How did one pastor put it, “Hold your nose and vote?” I’m sure Jesus understands the concept.

According to the fake report, Pence “relied on his faith in God to carry him through.” Right about now, Dr. Phil would ask, “How’s that working for you?”

As Christians, we ask our kids to be bold in their faith. We teach them they are set apart in Christ. We encourage them to stand up for what’s right. We tell them to never settle for anything less than godliness. Well, until it comes to politics.

If the Business Insider report is indeed fake news, why am I blogging about it? My mother taught me there is always a little truth in every lie.

“For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:16.