You think you “know” someone based on what they say on the air … and then they surprise you.
Loudmouth comedian/TV talk show co-host Joy Behar had popped off on “The View” not long ago about how Vice President Mike Pence hears wisdom from Jesus Christ. She said Pence must suffer from some sort of “mental illness” if he hears voices from the Lord himself.
Behar’s comment at the time offended people of faith across the land. I was one of those offended and said so in an earlier blog post.
Then we hear from Pence, who told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that Behar had called him immediately after her ill-advised snarkiness and apologized to him for her remarks. Pence told Hannity that as a devout Christian, he extended God’s grace to Behar and accepted her apology, but then said he told her she ought to apologize to millions of other Americans of faith for her comment.
What do you suppose Behar did this morning? She apologized. On the air. On a segment of “The View.” What’s more, she didn’t offer one of those phony “If I offended anyone” non-apologies. She didn’t try to explain anything. She didn’t say “That’s not who I am.” She apologized. Period.
We live in a strange time, folks.
I am not yet certain that Joy Behar quite understands how faithful individuals receive guidance from Scripture. She likely doesn’t quite get how that guidance doesn’t come in the form of audible voices. The very issue of faith is deeper than that.
The vice president is a man of deep faith and as a devoted Christian he is able and willing to extend grace as it is taught in the Bible.
That’s what he did. Joy Behar did her part, too, in telling the rest of us — through her apology — that she made a mistake.
Good for her.