Right now Vice President Mike Pence is in a feud with Joy Behar, comedian and co-host of The View. (Because that’s the world we live in.)
The argument centers over Behar’s recent comments concerning former Trump administration official Omarosa Manigault, who said Pence was “extreme” because he “thinks Jesus tells him to say things,” even making a comparison between “hearing voices” and talking to Jesus.
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” Joy Behar said.
“As a Christian, that’s just par for the course. You talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back,” guest host Sherri Shepard chimed in. “What concerns me is: how long is the conversation with Jesus?”
“Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?” Behar snarked.
Behar is a comedian, and the line got a big laugh, but she’s also not wrong: literally hearing voices is different than just being a Christian who happens to “speak to God” through prayer. Pence and everyone else, however, took her comments as an insult against his faith.
“It is just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance,” Pence said at an event sponsored by Axios.
Pence said “The View” insulted the vast majority of Americans who practiced any kind of faith and showed how “out of touch some in the mainstream media are.”
To hear Pence tell it, Behar called him an idiot for believing in Jesus. Infamous televangelist Pat Robertson weighed in, too, saying the show should be pulled off the air for making fun of Christianity.
In fact, the Wikipedia page for Behar says, “On February 13 2018, Joy accused Vice President Mike Pence of having a mental illness because he is a Christian.”
But did she actually say all Christians are mentally ill? Did she really make fun of Christianity itself? Not necessarily. There’s a difference between believing God is listening to your prayers or guiding you down a particular path and literally telling you what to do. If we weren’t talking about the Christian God, the answer would be obvious.
By acting like Behar is insulting his beliefs, Pence is basically admitting that he does hear literal voices, and that he isn’t just interpreting what he believes are signs from God. Other Christians, like Fox News’ Todd Starnes, are admitting to just that.
It’s understandable that a Christophobe like Behar be dumbfounded by such a concept as a believer having a conversation with God. The Almighty only speaks to those who know Him — who have a personal relationship with Him.
Well, if hearing the voice God means you mentally insane — add my name to that list. Because — just like Vice President Pence — I too — have heard the voice of God. And I suspect many faithful followers of Jesus have heard His voice — including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s amazing that the people who believe God is actually talking to them always seem to have the worst ideas…
Again, if someone said a toaster was sending them life advice, we’d say they needed help. If they said a unicorn told them to run for president, we’d laugh them off. If we don’t have the same reactions when people substitute in the Christian God, it’s only because we’re so used to hearing it.