Recently, on a daily talk show hosted by a group of women, one of them suggested that she was worried over Vice President Mike Pence’s statement that he talks to God and God talks to him. She left no doubt that she considered this a sign of mental illness. A few days later, the Vice President was shown on TV News responding to her remarks, referring to them as a form of, “religious intolerance.” In his words, “It is just simply wrong for major TV network to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance,

I was reminded of the words of the eminent Motivational Pastor, Norman Vincent Peale who said, “Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business.”1 But my mind also went to the Scripture where Peter says, “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.2

I thought of what I might say if put in the same situation. Here is what I would have loved for the Vice President to say: “I have just been given the greatest honor a Christian can receive. My faith and trust in God has just been ridiculed and called a mental illness. Nothing could please me more than to made fun of and laughed at for the sake of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you, Miss _______, for making my day brighter and filled with joy.” – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 The Positive Principle Today by Norman Vincent Peale, A Fireside Book, Published by Simon & Schuster, NY, 1976, Ch. 8, p. 153

2 1 Peter 4:13-14

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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