Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Pence believes God helped him catapult into national politics.

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, was the darling of evangelical leaders due to his explicit positions on religious freedom and abortion. Paradoxically, he has also stood by President Donald J. Trump in a number of situations which evangelicals hate. It almost seems that the vice president has broken one of the Bible's multiple sayings: no person could serve more than one master. Observers believe that Pence not only serves two masters but giving both his maximum.

For those who are familiar with Pence, this scene is not surprising. The vice-president openly admits to believing in divine intervention and its possibilities. The fact that he is now the Vice President can be deemed a miracle. Even in 2016, he was an insignificant Republican governor of a small U.S. state. His approval was in negative territory and there was almost no chance of making a mark in national politics.

Then God metaphorically smiled at him. Donald J. Trump, a real estate billionaire of doubtful business acumen and known for his many amorous liaisons, descended from the veritable heavens by private jet and offered Pence the vice-presidential nomination. Theological doubts were soon put aside, and with the support of the supposedly beleaguered conservative Christians, ended up as the Vice President of the United States.

Trump has benefited more than Pence through this arrangement. The latter is the obedient deputy willing to undergo humiliation and indignity even when the president indulges in more pleasurable activities. To give an example, Trump's description of white nationalists was “very fine people.” The vice-president glossed over the resultant uproar by saying that the president is an extremely decent man.

There are contradictions in Mike Pence. Those who know him have no doubt that he has genuine faith. He grew up in the Christian faith. Pence was born Catholic, and then he converted to evangelical Christianity while in college. Evangelicalism forms the core of his identity. It is also enmeshed with personal ambition. He went into the Trump camp after misgivings with the presidential candidate. College mates have described him as a highly ambitious person who they knew has a fair chance of becoming the president of America. His then mates told the media that Mike Pence believes that God has a plan for him- and he is simply following that plan.

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