Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sarah Palin is a woman of uncompromising faith in God--a woman of much prayer and real relationship with her Creator. I found the article I've posted below by the American Thinker to be very insightful. It ends in part with these words, "I'm not much on prophesying, but I'll take a turn"--and then does just that. I didn't share this before, but two days after coming to Wasilla, I attended a church service for prayer intercessors of Alaska, intercessors from all over the state. This was just two days after Sarah announced her resignation. Dutch Sheets was the guest. He led us in prayer for Sarah and had us pray in groups for her, as well. He declared some things over her life in such a powerful, powerful way, and we did not stop praying for her until he felt released to move forward in the service. Considering his words, I would dare say the American Thinker got it right.
Please read the article all the way to the end. It's worth it! I thank God for giving us a leader like Sarah--"for such a time as this!" As I always say concerning her, "The best is yet to come."
I also posted pictures of the governor that reveal her Christian commitment, particularly to prayer. I especially love the one where she and Todd are backstage praying before she goes out to address the crowd at a rally during the 2008 election campaign and the one where she is about to go onstage to debate Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential Debate. She's got people all around her, and yet is faithful to bow and acknowledge God to ask for His grace and help--and we all know she hit a homerun in that debate. What makes that particular picture so precious is now knowing the story behind her getting ready to go out there to face Biden: She wanted someone to pray with her, and although she says she loved the McCain camp, there was no one she really felt she could take by the hands and pray with. So she was "looking around for someone to pray with." The only one she could find was her then-seven year old, Piper. She said to Piper, "Piper, pray with me. I really want to win this debate. Pray that God gives me strength, that He just speaks through me!" Piper's response was, "That would be cheating!" I love it! So maybe she just had to pray alone; I don't know!
And that is why they hate her...and Him.
That love, an essential part of her everyday life, holds out the hope of a return to the nation envisioned by the unapologetically spiritual generation that birthed the U.S. Like Ronald Reagan, of whom it was said that his relationship with God "had a profound affect on how he lived, on what he did, and on those around him," Sarah Palin's spirituality has affected every part of her life, allowing her to clearly recognize the evil that has leached into our political and media culture.
Sarah Palin is grounded in the divine, which means, in part, that she believes, as did the framers of our constitution, that individuals are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." God gives us our rights, and not Washington, the United Nations, or The New York Times or NBC. She does not need a poll to determine the morality of a political and media culture in which the pursuit of power and wealth on the part of its participants comes first (any doubt, see the recent attempt by the Washington Post to sell access to its newsroom and the Obama administration), in which a political establishment has replaced the national anthem with the soundtrack from Jaws.
She is steeped in the religious notion of service as evidenced by loving God and loving others, what one of her pastors praised as "a grounded sense of God." In other words, a certainty that God is alive and well and a part of all that we do in this world. Her vision is shaped by what Gerard Manley Hopkins, priest and celebrated poet, described as a conviction that God "plays in ten thousand places...through the features of men's faces."
And when you're shaped by something beyond this world, convinced there is a bit of God in all whom you serve, then morality is part of what you do -- and being called "judgmental" is praise, not criticism. To Sarah Palin, the corruption of both Republicans and Democrats in Alaska, which suffered from an institutionalized class of thieves on the public payroll, was immoral, violating the God-given rights of the citizens of her state...and so she took them on.
She promises to do the same at the national level. Although leaving public office, she holds out the possibility of taking -- in the words of an American Thinker commentator -- on a "larger fight." Both Mark Levin and Thomas Lifson see evidence that she is simply gathering her strength for the next round.
She looks at Washington and knows, instinctively and with gut-wrenching clarity, that what is happening is not just wrong...it is immoral. Following her resignation as governor, she told Time magazine -- to the amusement of its editors -- that the growing of government "outrageously" by President Obama is "immoral." She deliberately chose a God word that suggests evil, a word that belongs -- in the words of journalist Christopher Hitchens, the atheist darling of both elite right and left -- to "the superstitious, fearful childhood of the race" because she has a visceral reaction to the mountains of debt being piled on future generations.
Like Hitchens, the Time editors believe the "religious part of our brain is part of the less highly evolved bit" and so she touched off a new round of sneers. Conservative Jonah Goldberg summed up the elite reaction to her continuing to pass judgment on the media and political class: You're "whining," you're "blowing it," just shut up (which is the civilized National Review's equivalent of The New York Times label of "one nutty puppy," which in turn is more civilized than MSNBC terming her a "delusional lunatic," which is heads above the liberal award-winning website Wonkette, which described her as "batshit-insane"). And Peggy Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter who laments the decline of our social values while sipping half-caf nonfat lattes with quintessential liberal elite journalist Leslie Stahl of CBS and actress Candice Bergen (of Dan Quayle-is-a-Bible-thumping-ignoramus fame), did what Peggy Noonan does: take 1,200 words to again cruelly label Palin an idiot.
You know nothing, our liberal and conservative elite sneered. After all, you didn't go to an Ivy League university, can't rattle off on demand the names of ten trendy but unassuming restaurants on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and have never waxed poetic about taking an intern to a cozy little watering hole in Georgetown (or anywhere else, for that matter).
Lost in the derision is this truth: there is a higher standard, and Sarah Palin unashamedly rests in he grip of the one who provides those standards. The unparalleled borrowing to fuel Obama programs and Democratic patronage is not just wrong policy; rather, it is evil because it is accompanied by crushing debt that will, ultimately, devour large chunks of individual income, stimulate runaway regulation that will rob us of freedom, and establish involuntary servitude as measured in hours worked to support government.
And most of this will fall on future generations; in other words, unborn children. Sarah Palin is concerned about unborn children -- another God thing. Fancy that.
Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
I'm not much on prophesying, but I'll take a turn: They'll be back.
Stuart H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a former newspaper and retail executive. He is on the faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.