As a committed evangelical, Vice President-elect Mike Pence cares deeply about the word of God as described by the Christian religion.
So deep is Pence’s dedication to his faith that he intended to be sworn in on Inauguration Day with his hand placed on the same Bible, and the same Bible verse, II Chronicles 7:14, that former President Ronald Reagan used when he took his oaths of office decades ago, according to The Christian Post.
It was a verse that liberals disapproved of in the 1980s and would likely still dislike in 2017.
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land,” the verse reads.
The key takeaway from the verse is this: Humanity is sinful and must change by humbling itself to the God of Jews and Christians alike, but until it seeks redemption, it will continue suffering from God’s fearsome wrath.
Viewed through the lens of politics, one could argue that Pence’s choice in verse was rooted in his desire to, alongside President-elect Donald Trump, steer the nation away from the path that had been charted by President Barack Obama and back toward the road to redemption.
It was, in the eyes of the vice president-elect, time for America to say “no more” to on-demand abortion, sexual immorality and the countless other actions and positions it had adopted during the past eight years that were contrary to the word of God.
But did he truly believe that he and Trump could pull this off? It surely sounded like he did.
“President Ronald Reagan placed his faith in a loving God and the goodness of our country,” Pence said in a statement published Sunday on the official Inauguration of Donald Trump website. “He set out to change a nation and in doing so, he changed the world.”
In other words, if Reagan was able to accomplish these lofty goals, then Pence and Trump surely can as well.
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