Indiana Pastor Who Used To Pray With Mike Pence Says He’s Voting For Biden

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“If Pence were to seek pastoral counseling… ‘Mike, Jesus commands you to love your neighbor, not love your boss.’”

The Atlantic reports that an evangelical associate of Vice President Mike Pence says that he will vote for Joe Biden in 2020 and that he is concerned about how Pence is conducting himself as vice president.

  • Pence began interacting with Reverend Rob Schenck in 2000 after he won an Indiana congressional race. Pence and Schenck would pray and read scriptures together.
  • Today, Schenck leads the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute in Washington, D.C..
  • Schenck told the Atlantic that he plans to vote for Joe Biden. This will be the first time he has voted for a Democrat since 1976, when he voted for Jimmy Carter.
  • Schenck said that he sees both ambition and altruism warring within Pence, and that he is concerned one is winning out over the other.
  • He said, “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.’ That’s not God’s command.”
  • Schenck shared another story: a couple of years ago, he wrote a letter to Pence and included a reference to the commandment against false witness.
  • “I conveyed in the letter that that was one of the greatest failures of this administration: truth-telling,” Schenck said. “I was trying to say to him, ‘You need to be a truth-teller.’”
  • According to Schenck, Pence never replied.

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