Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr., a conservative African American preacher with the Church of God in Christ denomination, recently called Vice President Mike Pence one of the “most persecuted Christians in America.”
That tells us two things: Matthews can’t help but suck up to this administration… and Matthews has no idea what “persecuted” means.
The real clincher? This happened during a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr..
Mathew’s comments, which Pence alluded to as part of an “overly generous” introduction, came during a visit from the vice president at the Holy City Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, Tennessee. During the visit Pence hailed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as one of the heroes of his youth and highlighted ways in which the Trump administration has been good for African Americans.
He must have said that somewhere in between the recollections of Trump calling neo-Nazis “very fine people,” referring to African nations as “shithole countries,” and becoming the patron saint of white supremacists.The only way he’s telling the truth is if this is really an admission that Christians aren’t persecuted in America.
Mathews justified his comments by saying Pence “actually believes the Bible. They hate him for believing the Bible.”
That’s obviously a lie. (Barack Obama believed the Bible, too, even if Republicans refuse to accept that.) Pence is criticized for his policy preferences, his covering for Trump’s actions, and his blatant hypocrisy when it comes to the Christian mandate to care for the “least of these.”
That’s not persecution. Those are consequences. Even the Bible calls for necessary rebuke when needed.
It requires a great deal of cognitive dissonance to say that Jesus would approve of separating refugee families (when He was one), cutting SNAP benefits (when He fed the poor for free), and making healthcare inaccessible for the most vulnerable (when He healed people without sending them a bill). But that dissonance has never been an issue for Trump’s most fervent supporters.
That’s what happens when you worship power while using the Bible to throw people off the scent.
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