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September 12, 2008

Capitalizing on Palin enthusiasm

Sarah Palin and John McCain did not make an appearance at this year's Values Voter Summit, but the campaign's evangelical outreach director Marlys Popma kept busy handing out bumper stickers at a quieter reception this afternoon.

The campaign also handed out DVDs where John McCain talks about his faith.

"I think he’s more comfortable talking about it than people realize it. It comes up a lot in the town hall meetings," said Bob Heckman, who leads the campaign's conservative outreach. "Just because he doesn’t do it on national TV doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen."

The campaign is capitalizing on conservative evangelicals' adoration of Palin. Heckman and several of the summit attenders wore "Palin power" stickers. One man sold buttons that said "Pro-life, Pro-Palin" and "Sock it to 'em" displaying Palin's photo.

Comments

As someone relatively new to America, I am puzzled and disturbed at the close coupling between churches and politics. It is an unequal yoke that paints a unflattering picture of Churches and Christ. Everytime I read an article like this I am reminded of a Ray Steven's song, Would Jesus wear a Rolex on his television show? Would Jesus say the things Sarah Palin did at the Republician convention. I don't think he would. By the way I don't think he would say or behave the way Rommey did also. In Galatians 5:22-23, it says "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." There did not seem to be any of the fruits of the spirit in Sarah Palin's speech and the perception from many non-Christians was that Christians considered her a Saint that would bring Christian values to America.

When we marry Christianity with politics we preach a strange caricature of Christ that does not represent the gospel. I am not concerned that in the eyes of the law there is a separation. I am more concerned that in the eyes on unbelievers there is no separation. So much so that we are speaks so loud that world can't hear the gospel we are trying to preach.

Peter

like her youthful life in the small churches which are more friendly and faith oriented. I hope she could reshape diseased churches and their leaders. If we can reshape our church life along Jesus line, we easily eliminate thoese wall street money mongers and power brokers. Their art of decepion ruined our economic life, eventually our children's. Don't we need a pure minded who would bravely fight for justice for all? I pray God that we could have
God-fearing good leaders this election. Prayerfully.