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September 30, 2008

Palin speaks to Hewitt on faith

Sarah Palin spoke with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about her faith earlier today. Here's a section where she talks about her faith:

Hewitt: Do you think the mainstream media and the left understands your religious faith, Governor Palin?

Palin: I think that there’s a lot of mocking of my personal faith, and my personal faith is very, very simple. I don’t belong to any church. I do have a strong belief in God, and I believe that I’m a heck of a lot better off putting my life in God’s hands, and saying hey, you know, guide me. What else do we have but guidance that we would seek from a Creator? That’s about as simple as it gets with my faith, and I think that there is a lot of mocking of that. And you know, so bet it, though I do have respect for those who have differing views than I do on faith, on religion. I’m not going to mock them, and I would hope that they would kind of I guess give me the same courtesy through this of not mocking a person’s faith, but maybe perhaps even trying to understand a little bit of it.

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I love Sarahs honesty about her faith and the mocking or twisting should not be allowed. Sarah is an incredible woman and the media has dug up anything and twisted it. Why do Americans do this. This lady is a gift to the campaign and a very balanced person. God love her she is so sweet and yet so honest and the best. She could even be president and do a good job. There is no one else on the ticket that can do that. THe media and the negativity cast toward her shows me she is the one for the job cuz people only say negative and critical things about the greatest people. America stop being so critical and judgemental. We all have things in our lives but it is the people who overcome things, issues, tragedys, and shocking things who are the greatest. Sarah You go girl.

Sarah Palin,just one heartbeat away, from a finger on the "button" may your God help you all. Chris. in Australia

For some reason, commenting was disabled on the article about Sarah's AoG church. Look, you people have to come to terms with something. Christianity Today and its readers want to be sooooo magnanimous and ecumenical and welcome Pentecostalism into the fold of "evangelicalism" and so-called "christian orthodoxy", while not actually subscribing to its beliefs. That's nonsense. Pentecostalism makes the great claim that its adherents, because they have experienced the baptism of the holy spirit, are THE church of the latter days as spoken of on Pentecost. Either you believe that its claims and miracles are real, in which case you should also seek out the same indwelling of the Holy Spirit, or you believe their claims are false and condemn their movement as a deluded heresy. Choose.

Just an observation - I was a little surprised that she avoided mentioning a belief in Jesus and went for the more politically correct statement about a belief in God. As Christians, we should try and be more specific in standing up for our faith and belief in Jesus.

This woman is very deceptive. What does she mean she doesn't belong to a church? That contradicts everything we've been hearing about her. The media should ask her point blank: Have you ever spoken in tongues? Do you speak in tongues now? If not, why did you stop? If you still do, how often do you do it? Describe the experience. Does God communicate directly with you? How? In words? In feelings? Have you every experienced or witnessed a miracle healing? Have you ever been slain in the Spirit? Have you ever engaged in Holy Laughter? Have you ever prohecied or witnessed a prophecy that came true? Do you believe in Word of Faith (name it/claim it). After all, that is the name of that African "bishop's" church. Have you ever participated in, or witnessed, an exorcism? The media should be specific with this woman. We know she's a Pentecostal. Let's hear it from her own mouth, and let's watch how badly the McCain ticket loses the election, in consequence.

Sarah Palin owes NO ONE and explanation for her relationship with God! If she is Pentecostal, then so be it. There are different philosophies in the Pentecostal faith, just as there is in Judaism. All she needs to know is who she is and to whom she belongs to and that is God and God alone! People are just silly in their hypocrisy. I don't like her connection to Senator McCain. I trust her, but not him and therefore I'm not voting for him. Either way, the media has been way to hard on her. My heart goes out to her because I feel she is being used and will be easily discarded if Senator McCain doesn't win. All candidates are respectfully in my prayers!

I listened as Mrs. Palin explained to Katie Couric how one of her very best friends was a homosexual. A best friend, as I understand it, is someone with whom you share your very soul. The Bible in Amos says “How can two people walk together unless they be agreed?” Mrs. Palin had an opportunity to speak and agree with the Apostle Peter who was taught first hand from our creator, Jesus Christ. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2:6
“He (God) condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an
example of what is going to happen to the ungodly”

Mrs. Palin said she wouldn’t judge them. Why not warn them of what is to come! Ephesians 5 has been used a lot concerning Mrs. Palin, how about verse 11:
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Many Christians are being lead by prominent Christian leaders to believe that Mrs. Palin is a great spokesman for us. They say that God used other women in the Bible such as Deborah and Jael. What they fail to say is that Israel was in a time of God’s judgment for doing evil in the His sight. Shall we go to a donkey to hear from the Lord, because after all, God used a donkey to get His point across in Numbers 22.

When Jesus placed mankind in the Garden of Eden, Adam had already named all the animals. Jesus then took from Adam’s body to form Eve. No sin was in the human DNA when the devil was able to insert sin into the human race through the woman. The Apostle Paul confirms this in 1 Timothy 2 when he teaches that women are to be under the authority of men because Adam was not deceived but Eve was, and because Adam was formed first. To say that this only applies to the role of Pastor is to twist the Word of God. Since it was a woman that the devil was able to deceive BEFORE sin entered into the world, how much more now.

We have a problem with weak men who would rather let women do the work while the men take their wives’ paychecks to the bank. Many men have encouraged women to leave their children for others to raise so their wives can go on to more important roles. They have not encouraged their wives in the most important role they can have, and that is “rocking the cradle that rules the world”. We only need to look in our schools and colleges at the undisciplined children coming up as leaders and criminals. Paul finished his thoughts about Adam and Eve with this verse:

“Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.”

You deluded people. Who has bewitched you? You will sit back and not vote for McCain because you disagree with him on a few issues but you will in turn be allowing Barack Obama the presidency. Top goal on his list: Advance and Promote Abortion and the killing of infants who have survived one. This is murder! Their blood be on your own hands. If Obama becomes president, it will be a sign of God's judgement on America and will herald the end of America's influence on the world.

The end never justifies the means! I am not going to go against my conscience to stop what is already in process. In the 1950's America took God out of our knowledge and we are seeing the consequences. God does not care more for America than he does His Word. Even Jesus warned that if truth isn’t declared, the rocks will cry out!

No matter how specific someone might ask Governor Palin a question, she will never give a direct answer. She relies on her charm to win people over. She is a master of the "nonanswer". The CBS Evening News interview was a perfect example, among others( she hasn't done many interviews).
I for one am also very worn out by the evangelical rants over abortion and gays as the only real issues. I haven't heard much of anything about the plight of those less fortunate and the widening gap between rich and poor in this country.

Palin's strategy: Stretch the truth. Ridicule your opponents. Refuse to do a press conference. Blame the media. Repeat.

If we have really been born anew thru the power and death & resurrection of Jesus Christ & belief in what He has done FOR us thru the forgiveness of all sin in our lives, should not we, at minimum, give Him honor by speaking of His Name boldly, instead of "God" "faith" and the non-personal ways that any non-believer uses?
We should honor Him and not shrink back. The Name Jesus Christ is a powerful witness in our lives. But "God" (which god?) "faith" (faith is just what/who?) We need to pray for one another to boldly proclaim His Name that we believe in Him. At minimum just speak His Name when asked if we are a Christian, saying, yes..."I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior." It really isn't complicated, unless we are afraid of losing something in this world that we want...either people's better opinion of us, or whatever.
He bled for our sins, He alone rose from the dead. Heaven forbid we turn Him into a generic "God" or the precious faith in Him into just "faith" instead of faith in Jesus Christ.

Usually it's better to reflect on a question like this and recognize that when your faith is being mocked, it's not personal, it's about God.
She seems spiritually and emotionally immature for taking all of this so personally and wishing people would respect her.

Evangelical Christians must be careful not to unconditionally jump on the bandwagon on anyone running for political office lest we be guilty of lacking the same discernment we accuse our adversaries of. Yes, we need to make a choice in little more than 30 days, but let's not exalt Sarah Palin, Barak Obama, or anyone else to the "messiah" status that no human leader deserves.

I must confess that hearing politicians pontificate for many years, I have become skeptical (jaded?) about anything rolling off their tongue(s). I would like to believe that the good in humanity produces some (a few…please?) sincere 'uncanned' politicians. If indeed Palin is among the above mentioned few, then I think it dramatically frightens most media pundants and those people of liberal persuasion, because they do not know what to do with one who speaks sincerely (regardless of the debate over qualifications), without a degree from the 'school- of-politicians-proper-verbiage-and-spin’.
If, indeed, this is the case, that Gov Palin is 'real' (regardless of her political persuasions), then the usual media 'rules’ do not fit.
It's as if all of the subjects who reside in the political kingdom are the color purple, and they encounter one who is green. None of the purple assumptions deal with green.
Add to that, that the imaginary green person shatters those preconceived, and most likely errant, notions upon which all of the purple people have built their world view for many years... and you have the ingredients for a dramatic, cultural/political collision.

Palin is only doing what is best, she thinks, for the campaign. I have more of a problem with John McCain. His family is involved in liquor distribution. Am I the only one who sees this? Cindy McCain's family business is like the 8th largest beer distributor in the US. We need to rethink where peoples values really are. I don't think McCain's values represent my values. Plus, he divorced his first wife. Does Sarah Palin actually speak in tongues or not? I would like to know.

I think it's important to realize that the Republican party does not represent Christian values. The Republican party fails to address a compassionate politics that the Bible calls for in all of us as believers. These areas of compassion are caring for the poor, caring for the sick, visiting and rehabilitating the imprisoned, and a drive to test existing wisdom and encourage new wisdom.

I don't know how the Republican party managed to fool so many in the Body of Christ into thinking that these so-called conservative values were the only choice for Christians, but I do think that a little court decision--Roe-v-Wade--played a big part in this.

I'm not pro-choice... matter of fact I'm so pro-life that I'm actually pro-all-life and not just anti-abortion. I believe all beings have the right to enjoy the gift of life given to them by their Creator. That said, I think Roe-v-Wade is such a divisive issue that really can't be fixed by reversing a court decision or electing a President. How many people have we elected on the promise that they would fight abortion... yet it continues.

Barack Obama's idea of reducing abortions through comprehensive sex-ed and a rigorous sexual responsibility education program are the correct first step towards ending abortion the right way. Let's face it: making abortion illegal is not the best solution... making it so that people don't want an abortion in the first place is. By time someone considers an abortion, it's already too late. The woman is already hurting, and it will take years of counseling, prayer, and struggle for her to recover even if she chooses not to have the abortion after-all.

I'm a Christian choosing the path of meeting the obligations that Christ has put on my heart as well as the Body of Christ. I am also choosing to reject the lie that Republicans can end abortion just because they claim to be conservative--which most of them are not. I am not rejecting the McCain/Palin ticket because they said something silly or because I think Sarah is a bad person... I'm rejecting their Presidential ticket because I believe their core values are counter-Scripture. I'm not attacking their faith, I'm attacking the politics that would have my vote based on my faith, but fail to meet the obligations that my faith--and the faith of a Christian nation--are called to by the message of Christ Jesus.