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Vice President Mike Pence to Christian Lawyers: ‘Spend More Time on Your Knees Than on the Internet’

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“Spend more time on your knees than on the Internet,” Vice President Mike Pence told attorneys for the Christian and pro-life Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) earlier this month.

Mike Pence was having a “fireside chat” with ADF President Michael Farris on August 6.

“Mr. Vice President, you receive frequent critiques from some in the media, some pundits, and some people who just don’t like what you’re doing politically,” said Farris. “But our team is also under a regular attack from our critics. You handle this all with so much grace and character. It’s inspiring to me and to our whole team. What advice can you give to us about how to handle these kinds of attacks when we’re faced with them?”

Pence responded, “Well, first, I’m very humbled by your comment, Mike. I appreciate it very much. And I would just say maybe a couple of things. Number one is: Spend more time on your knees than on the Internet.”

The vice president’s suggestion was met with applause.

As Christians, “we’re charged to pray for our loved ones but also pray for our enemies,” he continued. “And I—you have lots of opportunities in politics to do that. But I would say that forgiveness is a great gift. And I—my wife and I literally try and work through forgiving people who might speak willfully against us or might mischaracterize who we are or what our family is all about.”

Pence said he’s “incredibly proud” of his wife Karen, who has been criticized for teaching at a Christian school that follows Christian teaching on marriage.

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