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.”
Pence, however, substituted the flag for Jesus, calling on Americans to support a second Trump term by saying, “Let’s run the race marked out for us. Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents. Let’s fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire. And let’s fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom and never forget that where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. That means freedom always wins.”