…..what Civility should look like. In this 2 minute video he responds to Hamilton cast member lecture and booing from audience:
In reacting to the mix of cheers and boos, his remark to his accompanying family members…..”That’s what Freedom sounds like,” is classic.
His openness about giving his life to Christ in college explains his demeanor. He apparently responds to the exhortation of what Paul writes in Romans:
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves……Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
I have known Mike and Karen Pence for decades, they are everything that we would hope all Americans would be or become……really kind, down to earth, loving Indiana folks. Here is some more info about Vice President-Elect Pence and his family:
Michael Richard “Mike” Pence was born on June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana. Pence was the youngest of six children born to devout Catholic churchgoers, Nancy Jane and Edward J. Pence, Jr. His father was a U.S. Army veteran who earned a humble living by operating a gas station.
Pence revealed, “I grew up on the front row of the American dream. My grandfather immigrated to this country, and I was raised in a small town in Southern Indiana in a big family with a cornfield in the backyard. Although we weren’t really a political family, the heroes of my youth were President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
The young Pence soon discovered his voice and even entered an oratorical contest in the fifth grade competing against kids in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades,” his mother said.
“When it came his turn, his voice just boomed out over the audience. He just blew everybody away. I had a hard time associating the boy up there speaking with our son.”
“I went off to college and had largely walked away from the faith that I was raised to believe in,” but there I met a group of folks in a non-denominational Christian fellow group.”
Pence recalled the life-changing day he told his fraternity “big brother” that he’d love to get a Christian cross like the one he wore. His friend’s unexpected response left such a powerful impression, Pence would recall it decades later on the floor of Congress.
“Remember, Mike, you have got to wear it in your heart before you wear it around your neck.”
His friend’s convicting message resonated with Pence and months later he found himself at a Christian music festival. It was there that Pence was again reminded of the Gospel and all that “Jesus had done” for him. That sermon finally led Pence to take action.
“My heart broke with gratitude and I gave my life to Jesus Christ,” he said.
Pence went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in history from Hanover College in 1981, and a law degree from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1986.
But for Pence, rededicating his life to Jesus Christ wasn’t the only blessing that came out of college. Soon after making the decision to follow Christ, a young musician at church by the name of Karen caught young Pence’s attention.
Their adorable first date included ice skating and family, and a “$1 bet” by her 10-year-old niece that the pair would eventually get married.
This year, Mike and Karen celebrated 31 years of wedded bliss — and as their new role in America approaches, the Pence family remains a united front.
“We’ve always been a team,” Karen said. “We’ve always approached it [politics] as a team.”
The future vice president chimed in, “She’s the best part of my life, everything we do in public life, we do together. I can’t imagine it any other way.”
But Mike Pence is not only a devoted husband, but he’s a proud father of Charlotte, Michael and Audrey as well. His eldest, Michael J. Pence is a Marine Corps officer.
Pence’s eldest daughter, Charlotte is a filmmaker and a writer. Charlotte directed a documentary called “For the Records,” highlighting the struggle of mental illness. She co-wrote “Fleeced,” which won nine regional Emmy awards.
The youngest of the Pence family, Audrey Pence, is a social liberal. She’s independent politically and voted split ticket in elections.
Audrey revealed, “Probably the person I get the most respect from is my dad. He has always… he tells me so many times, ‘I am proud of you for having your own opinions and looking into things.’”
But even more important than being a family man, Mike Pence considers his faith in Jesus Christ the most crucial aspect of his life.
Pence shared,“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican. In that order.” And added that his “Christian faith is at the very heart of who” he is. Pence continued, “I made a commitment to Christ. I’m a born-again, evangelical Catholic.”
Politics may be new arena for Donald Trump, but Pence — a former six-term congressman — is well aware of the liberal backlash that comes when you take a stand for unborn lives, Israel, and the right to protect your life and the lives of your family through gun ownership.
The liberal media’s response to Pence’s election has not always been kind and civil, but despite it all, Mike Pence remembers, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Time and time again throughout this election, the former lawyer has encouraged Americans to respond to hatred with love — and make prayer a priority.
Pence shared, “I would encourage you, if you are inclined to do as the Pence family does from time to time, to bow the head and bend the knee. Pray that America will once again stand tall, stand strong. ‘[Prayer is] the last best hope of earth,’ that’s what Abraham Lincoln called it. It’s still true.”
As countless Americans find themselves in the midst of riots, hatred, hurt, and anger, Pence reminds Americans to use the most powerful weapon in their possession: prayer.
“So, I encourage you. Remember, what’s been true for thousands of years is still true today. That if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray, He will hear from heaven, and He – as He’s always done before – He will heal our land. One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” – Mike Pence
America needs more men like our Vice President-Elect.
May God Bless our new Leaders. And May God Bless America!
President-Elect Donald Trump deserves kudos for his selection.
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