UPDATED: Governor Palin's Faith Matters; Why?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Liberal heads often spin wildly whenever Governor Palin talks about her faith--or when someone else talks about her faith. Those who would have us believe they are the most tolerant of them all are really not very tolerant at all, especially when it comes to faith, and more so when it comes to Governor Palin and her faith. She has been called a wacko and a religious nut, among other things. As sad as it is, I have come to expect that from some on the Left. The only part that baffles me is that many so-called progressives claim to be Christians themselves. However, they have remained silent whenever she is attacked for her faith. I find that...well, strange.

Much was made of the Governor's Pentecostal upbringing, and, again, those on the Left--some of whom have Pentecostal upbringings themselves--contracted laryngitis. Not a sound out of them when cartoons emerged to make a mockery of the faith, when journalists reported on what they considered weird worship, and when tons of debate ensued about "What exactly does Sarah Palin believe? Is she really a Pentecostal? Does she speak in tongues?" Oh my goodness! Run!

Meanwhile, President Obama appointed a Pentecostal minister to run the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and nobody seemed to have a problem with it--no sneaking into the man's church trying to grab a soundbite of somebody speaking in tongues, no degrading cartoon about the man's beliefs, nothing like that at all. In fact, this is the first some of you have heard of it because no big deal was made out of it--nor should there have been. But Governor Palin wasn't afforded the same respect. If you're so inclined, you can read about President Obama's appointment to the faith-based office here, but again, it shouldn't be news.

For some reason, however, Governor Palin's bold declaration of faith remains an issue. I still get emails from blog readers who demean our Christian faith for no other reason, I suppose, than it contradicts their own lifestyles. Why else would it warrant such vitriol? I mean, if no one is forcing anything upon you, why would you be angry about what someone else believes? Live and let live, right?

What annoys me even more than people who mock her faith, though, are the people who support the Governor but find it necessary to downplay her faith. I'm like, why?! It's who she is. Does she force her faith on anyone? No. Does she have a record of governing as a Christian dictator? No. But you do her no favor by trying to water down her faith. In fact, I dare say it's insulting. After all, it is, as she says, her "be all, end all," and that requires no explaining away.

On the other hand, there are so many people who embrace Governor Palin, in large part, because of her faith. That is a truth that cannot be refuted. So it begs the question: why? What is it about knowing that she is a Christian that makes other Christians so enthused? Remember, I was right there at the table with her in Rochester, NY. I heard all the people coming through the line--some with a Scripture, with an "I'm praying for you." She, too, wished God's blessings on them and told them, "Intercession is so appreciated."

While preaching Wednesday night, my pastor mentioned the Governor. His message was about making strong moral decisions ahead of time so that when circumstances arise we have already determined to do what's right. He used her as an example of a person who made up her mind to put Christ first, who would not sell out her faith in Christ for some other prize. That is what she represents to so many of us.

Governor Palin is not, in her own words, shy about her faith in Christ. And why should she be? When asked about prayer, she answers without hesitation. When interviewed about Godly leadership, as you see in the video above, she speaks from the heart of its importance. Whenever questioned about how she has managed to face challenges, to remain standing through all the ups and downs, the darts and arrows that come her way, she answers, "God strengthens me." Those who despise any reference to God are thrown into a tailspin by her answers. Why can't she say something else, something more appropriate, something more politically correct? And right there, I've touched on what separates her from so many. She answers with truth. And the truth is that she knows it is God Who brings her through, Who is her source, Who is her strength. So why would she answer any other way? This transparency and boldness are why so many are so excited about her. You've heard it before, and it is true: she is a breath of fresh air!

We are aware, too, that our country is at a crucial point in its history. We long for someone who knows that with all her accomplishments, with all her experience, with all her support, still it will take God's hand of protection, His direction, and His grace to take us where we need to go. We feel an urgency for someone who will humble herself and pray. We know we have that in Governor Palin--a person who believes in prayer, a person who asks for prayer, and person who has committed herself to prayer. And speaking for myself, when I think of a leader with that kind of understanding and faith in Christ, I am that much more excited to support her, that much more determined to defend her, and, of course, I am that much more committed to praying for her.

Thanks, Sinistar, for help with the video.

*UPDATE: I told you heads spin whenever people discuss faith, especially Governor Palin's faith.

Now, I've had a Youtube account for months now, and I have never had more than 2 comments in all that time. Today, I got 17 (and they're still coming)--all left in response to this video where the Governor talks about Godly leadership. I warn you some are rather demeaning and downright sick. Isn't it something that the thought of faith in Christ brings out the devil in some people? And these are the tolerant people, unlike those Christians who are so mean and hateful!

What I love about Governor Palin is she's been at this long enough to know when she gave the interview that Liberal heads would spin, but she's bold enough to speak the truth nonetheless. Like I said, she's a breath of fresh, fearless, unapologetic air.

I decided to post the comments here, though normally I would not do so, just so you can see what we have to deal with, how the mere mention of faith just makes people dizzy, and aggressive, and hateful. But again, they call Christians intolerant. The truth is what I always said it was: many of the attacks against Governor Palin have more to do with a spiritual battle than anything else. Demonic, plain and simple, but she's dangerous?!? Pray, America. Pray.

Here are the comments left in response to this harmless video about the importance of humbling ourselves and praying:

--Superstitious goddiots make me sick!
--wow...she's trying so hard to be articulate and yet, she's still ****ing up.
--The US is heading down a road to theocracy! Be careful voters, for you may get what you wish for.
--she doesn't have all the answers, unless it's what god wants then she totally knows!
--How did she get to be so stupid?
--Yes, politicians should be humble enough to base their decision making on a higher intelligence. Science that is. "God" doesn't answer to your stupid little prayers concerning health care and global warming. Scientists do, and they're much, much more intelligent than you are. So go ahead and listen to them.
--"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony
Google: "Creating God in one's own image + scienceblogs" for research on this.
--My earlier views at the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.
--Unfortunately God was not kind to Sarah at her birth when he was passing out intellect.
--A safer and more prosperous nation if we get back to our founding principals?
Does she realize that the first half century of our country was spent eliminating the natives who were put here by God?
--Palin = Stupid.
Is she in denial of the fact that there are millions of non-Christians in America?
Major lol.
--Is this real!?
How can it be that this woman possibly be a potential 2012 presidential candidate?
--A very dangerous idea from a very dangerous idiot
--I'm gonna throw up.
--News flash: Abraham Lincoln did not believe in the God of any religion, he was a deist.
--Good grief, she really is a proper nut job isn't she? Not an original, or true, idea in her head... just illogical, vague, religious rhetoric that never as to be proved.
--I really cannot stand this stupid biatch.

But who can blame these people, right? I mean, after a video that vile, she deserved it, didn't she?!! Hmmm...

In reference to the "New flash" about President Lincoln, yes, he did call for prayer and fasting, as the governor said:

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord:


It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.


* Bumped


Leon Festinger,  December 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

I’m so disappointed that you chose not to post my comment, Ms. Ross. I dare say I put forth a case that was respectfu and factually incontrovertible. Of course, this is your blog and you are free to suppress dissent, but I’m saddened by your choice.

I fear you are not about Truth, but about idol worship. If Sarah Palin is who you claim she is, what harm could manifest from exposure to our Lord’s glorious sunlight?

What is to be feared in the marketplace of ideas?

Whitney The Pipsqueak December 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

This is very well done! I, too, am very impressed and encouraged by how Governor Palin doesn't hold back in expressing her faith. I really liked how she emphasizes the need for leaders to be humble and to seek the counsel of many people.

"For the like of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure" -Proverbs 11:14

Governor Palin understands this. My favorite quote from the Governor was when she introduced Michael Reagan at an event and said, " it is in God we trust; it is not in big government that we trust". I think that simple statement encapsulates both her spiritual and political philosophy.

Thanks for sharing this, Adrienne!

ak man,  December 5, 2009 at 12:13 PM  

here is a very valid point... If you call yourself a Christian, then If Sarah Palin runs for President. Your vote shoulkd be going to her... If you truly believe God's hand is on this womans life. Then you must also believe God can and will do mighty things through her life with this country. Time and time again we read in the bible God took average people and did way above average things. Sarah hears God, and better yet, God hears Sarah.... There is NO DOUBT, She is a Godly woamn. AND ALL CHRISTIANS NEED TO CAST THERE VOTE HER WAY.... We need to take back this country from a UNGODLY MAN.....

Adrienne Ross December 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM  


Instead of being "so disappointed" about what you thought was my refusal to publish your comment on another one of my posts, perhaps you could have exercised a bit of patience. You had no way of knowing, of course, that I was in bed prior to 7:00 last night because I was so sick and nauseous. Since you don't know everything, sir, it is best to pass on rushing to judgment.

You are right in this one thing: it is my blog, and I do have the right to suppress whatever I feel like suppressing. In this case, however, you simply judged me to be a person who is not really "about truth." There's that tolerance I wrote about.

In any case, your fear that I am involved in idolatry does not move me one way or another. I answer to the Lord. He knows who I am. But if you feel, through your time of deep personal prayer and intercession for me, that He has shown you that something is amiss in my character, I welcome your continued prayers.

Have a good day.

When Prophecy Fails,  December 5, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

My apologies, Ms. Ross; I was both impatient and judgmental. Caustic sarcasm and insincerity don't serve you well, though. Then again, I don't recognize the God of which you speak.

Ah...cognitive dissonance, friend to lonely, paranoid people the world over.

Adrienne Ross December 5, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

When Prophecy Fails (@3:48 PM)/Leon (@ 11:33 AM),

Sarcasm has always served me well actually. Insincerity? Hmmm...Sounds like another judgment on your part.

Your apology wrapped in a rebuke seems...interesting. But you've had your say. I'm glad. Take care.

bestbud December 5, 2009 at 9:55 PM  


Just got back from grandson basketball.. had a great day... hope others did as well.

I wrote this on C4P the other day and since religion is the topic this is my take... I don't know what to call It!... could be sarcasm in a way but really it contains some truth... at least I think so.

I've come to the conclusion the unbelievers of all that is Sarah will still be rewriting her LIFE and PRESIDENCY till the day they die!... and when arriving in Hell!... will tell Satin... I thought you of all lost souls could have brought Sarah down!... and Satin will boldly reply, as he is prone to do... you totally OVERESTIMATED me--and UNDERESTIMATED God and Sarah... that is why you are here!

Anonymous,  December 5, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

Adrienne , I wish there were more people like you in th world. You are a Godsend and a wonderful wonderful lady. I know Sarah adores you and appreciates you more than you know. God Bless you always. You are awesome. I wish people in this country would WAKE UP and get back to the values we were founded on. Take care. I follow you on twitter. :O) AmericanLady49 on Twitter or WeThePeople1st on Twitter.

Adrienne Ross December 5, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

Anonymous (@11:53 PM),

Thank you for your kind words. I am truly humbled by them.

God bless you.

myrnamcc December 6, 2009 at 1:05 AM  

Hi Adrienne,
I too, follow you on twitter- "dicenfashions". I followed you because you know Sarah. I get some of my perspective on her from you.

I have seen and read the meanness of our opponents on YouTube, and I make no bones about what they are to me... I call them "enemies".

Rest easy, Soldier of God. He is with you. Nothing will bother you because you know what the TRUTH is.

I've read the comments. These are people trying so hard to sound "educated". Education is nothing. WISDOM IS EVERYTHING.

When one cites "Science" and yet is closed minded about God- you gotta wonder about that mush between their ears. The unbelief in God is due to a weakness in morals and a laziness to explore, to contemplate what is beyond the senses of touch, taste, sight, feel. It's funny that even the fathers of Science back in the beginning of it's development believed that there is a One Supreme Power. In fact the more they delved into Science, and the more they learned of what's out there, the more they believed.

Only the ignorant cannot fathom the idea of a God.

The Conservative Lady December 6, 2009 at 1:05 AM  

Thank you for posting the video of Gov. Palin expressing her faith. She is a remarkable woman.

n December 6, 2009 at 1:08 AM  

I've seen this on another blog too.

It's too bad that people can't understand what she's saying. Unfortunately we've taken this road for a while, what we are seeing is the emotional rants of a few people. Most people do not talk like that, even if they are atheist.

But the video is great, humility would certainly be a nice goal for all of us (especially our political leaders) Not any one person has all the answers...not even a czar.

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