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Mike Pence’s Pastor Pal Will Vote For Biden — Says Trump Surrogacy Is UnChristian

An evangelical minister connected to Mike Pence says he will vote for a Democrat this year for the first time in a presidential election since 1976. Why? He says that the Trump administration’s failure at truth-telling is a problem, and that he has implored Pence to focus on honesty, not the political ambition that ties him to this presidency.

Mike Pence pastor pal will vote for Biden
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Rob Schenck is an evangelical minister who prayed and read scripture with Mike Pence after Pence’s congressional win in 2000. Speaking to , Schenck said that he has written to Pence to plead with him to choose the better of his two natures: ambition and altruism. Schenk believes that Pence is disobeying God’s command to love his neighbor, instead placing his boss as an idol.

“If he were to seek pastoral counseling from me, I would say to him, ‘Brother Mike, Jesus commands you to love your neighbor, not love your boss.’”

He says in his letter, he called on Pence to “be a truth-teller,” regardless of how that act fits with Pence’s employment in the Trump administration. He says he never received a reply.

Pence was criticised last month for asking governors, during a conference call, to promote false claims about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schenk has criticised Trump before, specifically talking about his evangelical following, and warning against what he calls political idolatry. Last month, he specifically called out Trump’s visit to a church building, and the tear-gassing of peaceful protestors to make the photo op possible.

He’s also called out Pence publicly before. Two years ago, Schenk said that Pence told him following his conscience was “easier said than done,” and that he told the VP it was time to start doing the right thing, no matter how hard.

Pence, for his part, continues to publicly praise the president, claiming Tuesday that Trump took action early in the pandemic to buy the U.S. time to prepare with testing procedures and protective equipment — though experts say Trump’s delays actually cost lives.



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