Vice President Mike Pence, who has been routinely criticized for his faith, said he handles such attacks by praying for his critics—which garnered him a few more.
“No. 1 is, spend more time on your knees than on the internet,” Pence said during an Aug. 6 Q & A session with Michael Farris, president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. The gathering included ADF staff.
The vice president went on to talk about the power of forgiveness.
“As a Christian believer, we’re charged to pray for our loved ones but also pray for our enemies,” Pence said.
“You have lots of opportunities in politics to do that,” he said. “But I would say that forgiveness is a great gift, and my wife and I literally try to work through forgiving people who might speak woefully against us or might mischaracterize who we are and what our family’s all about,” he said.
Not long after the conversation with ADF, Twitter users began mocking Pence’s comment on prayer, some twisting the intent of spending “more time on your knees.” Comments quickly turned sexual, including an obscene cartoon of Pence with President Trump, and a retort by Monica Lewinsky, the intern who had an affair with President Bill Clinton while he was in office. Others made reference to the NFL players’ protest of taking a knee during the national anthem.
Author Sasha Strachan used the NFL controversy as a backdrop to challenge Pence’s faith and call the president racist.
Another user, calling himself the Tattooed Theologian, also took a swipe at Pence’s faith and integrity, saying: “On your knees…That sounds pretty authoritarian to me. I don’t have to be on my knees to pray.
“@VP should spend some time reading the #Gospels. If he did, he wouldn’t be supporting @realDonaldTrump.”
Comedian and atheist Paula Poundstone dismissed praying outright saying, “I will spend no time on my knees.”
During his conversation with ADF, Pence said that when he’s in the midst of criticism he tries “just focusing on the cause.”
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Source: Christian Headlines