LISTEN: Mike Pence, Karen Pence, and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” (The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture #23 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III. This is episode #23.

This episode is titled, Mike Pence, Karen Pence, and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”

An article published in The Washington Post this week took an extended look at the relationship between Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence. Among numerous details — including that Karen is the family “prayer warrior,” that campaign aides internally saw her as a “major part” of the team, that she often serves as her husband’s gut check, that he proposed to her by hiding the ring in a loaf of bread for her to find while they were feeding ducks, and that President Trump has recognized her influence in her husband’s life — one detail grabbed the attention of the media more than others: the fact that Vice President Pence has committed to ‘never eating alone with a woman other than his wife and never attending events featuring alcohol without her by his side.’

This detail prompted an extended round of mocking posts on blogs and social networks from liberal members of the media and many in the liberal sector of our country. While some would say it is unnecessary to make this type of commitment public knowledge, now that we know, I think Mike Pence ought to be applauded for such a commitment. It is a commitment in line with such great men as Billy Graham who never ate, traveled, or visited a hotel room alone with a woman who was not his wife. It is also refreshing in light of the long string of politicians, some who claim to be Christians, who have gone down in a blaze of sex scandals and infidelity.

Most importantly, it shows that there are still some in our society who value the lifetime commitment of marriage between a man and a woman and continue to hold it as sacred. This is especially important for those who are concerned about the future of our country where same-sex marriage, “open marriage”, polyamory, polygamy, and promiscuous sexual activity is increasingly normal. While it is easy for some (even some in Christian circles) to laugh at Pence’s commitment as something that is “quaint” or “outdated”, one can’t deny that marriage and the family are the bedrock of society. A brief summary of reasons why we should support and defend the traditional marriage and family structure is provided by the Witherspoon Institute:

  1. Because both male and female are essential for the family and society, society needs natural marriage.
  2. Marriage between a man and a woman sustains civil society and promotes the common good.
  3. Marriage between a man and a woman promotes and protects the wellbeing of children. Thousands of studies have shown this.

This is not just about opposing “alternative” lifestyles, but promoting the Bible’s view of marriage, including the fact that God hates divorce. The church must rigorously encourage fidelity and strive to empower those who are married to stay together for their own good, for the good of their children, for the good of their community, and for the good of society. If it takes never eating dinner alone with a member of the opposite sex, so be it. In the words of Al Green, “let’s stay together.”

In closing, let me leave you with a Scripture and a quote to think about.

Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

Jim Demint said, “Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage – the union between one man and one woman – has been the building block of civilization, and at no point in our nation’s history has that foundation been under more severe attack than now.”

In light of what we have discussed today, I want to remind you that in our ever-changing world, there is one Person who never changes. That person is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is not subject to the whims of society or popular opinion. He has an unchanging, eternal love for you. If you do not know Him as your Savior, I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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Until we meet again, remember to keep Christ first in our ever-changing culture.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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