On the Friday of November 18, 2016, Vice President-elect Mike Pence was an attendee of the new show on Broadway’s new musical called ‘Hamilton’. The play is about the life of Alexander Hamilton and the origin of the United States of America, albeit through a liberal perspective. The characters included founding fathers and American heroes, and the play had a cast of actors and actresses that were critically acclaimed. This play to Pence would be like a James Bond movie to me: it’s a must see, even if the play is a progressive favorite. For someone who evidently loves America, its history, and its people Pence would definitely want to see something that related to those things, despite the show’s controversy and mixed reviews. However, Pence did not expect his welcome to be as bitter as it had turned out.
Now it is obvious that liberals are always right and not at all hypocritical. After all, they were all perfectly fine when Trump was elected President. It amazed me how much more tolerant liberals were to a new administration than those silly conservatives who are just mean. They showed us their wonderfully bright character when they conceded to Trump’s victory and began to support their new leader in good faith. (I say this with extreme sarcasm). I believe that Pence only went because he was curious about a new play like Hamilton, and instead the cast members decided to give him a lecture:
“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
The administration has not even started making any changes, nor has it even been organized yet. We will not know until after January 20, 2017 what exactly this administration is capable of, but until that day we cannot simply criticize a government that has not even started its governance. I can understand the fear the cast and audience of the play might have based on Trump’s actions and behavior, but I don’t believe that it was necessary. Pence already cares for the American people, and, judging from Pence’s words, he has already stated that he does not condone Trump’s demonstrations of poor judgement. Pence admitted that Trump has stated things that were sexist and racist, so why should a man be lectured on how bad his boss is? He knows and he’s trying to fix it.
Now, I am a conservative republican, and I support Pence more than Trump because of the fact that he aligns with evangelicalism and conservative principles. However, it is no shock that people in the audience might have even hated Pence more than Trump because of the very same reasons I like him. In this, I can understand why people would boo him and criticize him on stage, but does disliking towards Pence justify this kind of behavior? No, but this behavior is not surprising. I think that it would’ve been a better display of humility if the actors were to respectfully deliver the message, without a condescending tone that gives off an “I can do better” vibe. Pence came to see their show, and I think it takes a lot of guts from a strong conservative like him to do that. It shows that he respects people with different opinions than his own. If only the cast and audience of the play would act in the same manner.
As for the Christian, we know that Pence received a lecture from actor Brandon Victor Dixon because of his associations with Trump, but it’s very possible that the New York crowd might have booed Pence because of his recent announcements of his commitment to the Christian faith and his recognition of Christian values. He is known to not just be far right, but also being a far-right Republican who is also deeply rooted in Evangelical Christianity. That is a secular nightmare because this would mean that Pence would not support abortion, homosexuality, or the teaching of evolution in public schools. The secular community will hate someone like that. From my personal experience in my college campus, people now assume that I hate anyone who disagrees with me because of my faith in Christ. People also assume that I am a Trump supporter and that I condone his immorality, even though I was vocally against him and his character.
I am not the only one who has faced these kinds of issues. College students around the country are now facing similar persecutions. The persecution that we were afraid that Hillary Clinton would bring (even though it was always around) is the kind of persecution that has worsened since Trump’s win of the Presidency. But the truth is that everyone who has ever shared their faith has always been persecuted, even in America. Even though it might be shocking that Pence received that kind of treatment because of politics, we are to be willing to speak up for the values of the gospel. Rather than posting something pro or anti-Trump, ask yourself: what does God expect from me? God wants us to be faithful to his name.
Pence was heckled for associating with the upcoming administration and willing to be faithful to accept the job Vice President, even if it means you’d have to be VP under Trump. But today, the Church is mocked and ridiculed for associating with the teachings of Jesus that are considered outdated, offensive, and faulted. It will not be easy to defend that kind of faith. Even when the government of Rome had not even begun persecution against Christians, Paul had already been beaten, stoned, whipped, abandoned, jail, and considered an outcast for the sake of the faith.
During these things, his disciple, Timothy, was facing the same persecutions and Paul said these things, while serving his sentence in prison for the preaching of the good news, in 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV), “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” We should not be surprised at such suffering. In fact, Jesus told us to rejoice in its occurrences, for they are signs that we are faithful to His word. Children of God don’t become believers to be loved by the world, but so that they might escape from the world and its passions. We must be ready to be unashamed of the gospel we claim to be a part of, so that when the day comes we may rejoice in the persecution we shall receive for our public faith in our Lord and God, Jesus Christ!
Soli Deo Gloria.