US Vice President Mike Pence told a group of pastors that their jobs and their message are critical for America.
Pence made a last-second appearance at the Watchmen on the Wall national conference in Washington, D.C. Watchmen on the Wall is a ministry to pastors by the Family Research Council.
“Other than the service of those who wear the uniform of the United States, especially our cherished fallen, the ministries that you lead and the prayers that you pray are the greatest consequence in the life of the nation,” the vice-president told the pastors.
“Keep preaching the good news. Keep preaching in season and out of season as the Bible says. Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have,” he continued.
The vice president told hundreds of attendees that it was his and the president’s conviction “that the pulpits that you stand at are of much greater consequence than any podium behind which he and I stand, so thank you for your service to the Gospel.”
The Watchman on the Wall website says the problems facing America “ultimately require a spiritual solution administered by spiritual leadership.” Pence acknowledged that mission:
“This is a time of too much division in these United States. And whether it’s in our crisis pregnancy center ministries or whether it’s churches simply being the hands and feet of Christ.”
Mike Pence also told the pastors of his own faith and when he accepted Christ’s salvation in 1978 at Ichthus, the oldest music festival in the United States.
“I’m four decades into walking with the Lord, and [Family Research Council President] Tony [Perkins] will tell you, I’ve got a long way to go,” he said, chuckling. “But of paramount importance is that you just continue. Continue to hold up the truth.”
Pence said he was raised in a Christian home but was determined to leave his faith behind when he went off to college. He reconsidered that decision in his freshman year.