Vice President Mike Pence has a history of using his religion to try and justify his hatred for people. But for someone who claims to be a devout Catholic, Pence sure knows how to botch scripture.
According to a Washington Post report, Pence decided to leave out Jesus from a scripture he was reading at Wednesday’s Republican National Convention.
Pence said, “Let’s run the race marked out for us. Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents. Let’s fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire. And let’s fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and freedom and never forget that where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom — and that means freedom always wins.”
People who have read the Bible may notice this quote.
One was, 2 Corinthians 3:17, which reads, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
The other was, 12:1-2, reading, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
As you can see, Pence left out “let us fix our eyes on Jesus,” and changed it to, “let us fix our eyes on Old Glory.”
He also described Jesus (Old Glory in his text) as “the author and perfecter of our faith and freedom.” Freedom doesn’t appear in the Hebrew text.
Commenters called the scripture change an example of “idolatry” and blasphemous.
This is civic religion plundering scripture.
Hebrews says we are to fix our eyes on JESUS, not "Old Glory." (There's a big difference!)
The freedom spoken of in 2 Corinthians 4 is the new covenant, not the power to kill and dominate enemies.
This is Babylon. This is idolatry. https://t.co/kmzXaQzXtD
— Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) August 27, 2020
Y’all know this is blasphemy, right? The Bible says let us fix our eyes on Jesus…this guy is openly telling us to worship other gods.
— 🇭🇹C.E. Péan 🌹 (@TheRealCEPean) August 27, 2020
— ☩ (@CohorsBatavorum) August 27, 2020
This is a twisting of scripture. This verse says we fix our eyes upon Jesus. Not America. Not the flag. Not any political party. Jesus.
— Cdance1 (@runnergirl581) August 27, 2020
Blasphemous. That is the definition of blasphemy. For years I have been curious about what it means. I need to look no further.
— Tee (@Teegail01) August 27, 2020
Totally wrong use of scripture and he does equate the flag with Jesus. Totally idolatry.
— Nancy Gordon (@Revnan2001) August 27, 2020
I define this as taking the Lord’s name in vain.
— Valerie Jones (@Valjones_6) August 27, 2020
— David (@DASBETS) August 27, 2020