Former Vice President Mike Pence is most known for holding a plethora of political positions, but the Indiana native has also been a consistent Christian voice, defending his faith and the importance of the American family.
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Pence, who recently suspended his 2024 presidential campaign, has turned his attention in recent weeks to discussing his new book, “Go Home for Dinner: Advice on How Faith Makes a Family and Family Makes a Life.“
Rather than a political treatise, the text focuses on the importance of faith, family, and the things in life that matter most. It’s a book inspired by the “biblical principles” he believes have strengthened his marriage and family — values he’s relied on throughout his life and career.
“We give God the glory,” Pence said of his political career. “It’s been His grace that seen us through.”
At the core of it, the former Indiana governor said his family has always put faith — and one another — first, sitting down each night around the dinner table and making a concerted effort to be “there for one another,” no matter what was unfolding politically or in any other sector.
“We really hope this book encourages people not just to go home for dinner, but to recognize that … faith makes a family and family makes a life,” said Pence.
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Pence’s focus on these values comes at a time when the familial unit in America is in a precarious place.
“In 1970, 67% of Americans ages 25 to 49 were living with their spouse and one or more children younger than 18,” the Pew Research Center recently noted. “Over the past five decades, that share has dropped to 37%.”
Other shifts have also been afoot. And, when asked about overarching cultural disarray and what role the denigration of the family might have in the dysfunction, Pence was candid.
“The American family’s in freefall,” he said. “People are putting off marriage, they’re putting off having children, and I really do believe that the strength of this country from its very founding has always come from our faith in God and from the strength of the American family.”
Bringing the message back to “Go Home for Dinner,” Pence said an important lesson is often learned around the dinner table: how to deal with people with whom we disagree.
Through relationships with family, there is much to learn and discern. Watch the full interview above for more.
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