Republican National Convention speakers have spent much of their platform time this week reaching out to solidify and expand their support among people of faith and evangelicals in particular, but Vice President Mike Pence’s Wednesday night speech that mixed Scripture and patriotism went over the top for some prominent leaders.
At the end of his speech, the vice president alluded to Hebrews 12:1-2, in which the author calls on believers to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith”, and 2 Corinthians 3:17 where the Apostle Paul writes “the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Faith advisor Johnnie Moore praised Pence for being a student of Scripture and interspersing verses in his writing. “Pence’s speeches are always artfully filled with Biblical references and Biblical allusions,” he said. “His most famous quote is, ‘I am a Christian first, then a conservative and a Republican – in that order’.”