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November 11, 2008

Plow, Baby, Plow!

"I can't predict what's going to happen a day from now, much less four years from now. You know, I have -- faith is a very big part of my life. And putting my life in my creator's hands -- this is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door." (Sarah Palin to Greta)

(Originally published at Spiritual Politics.)


Plow, Baby, Plow! ... I believe God will use Sarah Palin in a mighty way!

Not so much, "not my will but thine." Instead, it is more of "what HE can do for me." That doesn't sound like discernment as much as a desire for power and attention.

I'd feel better about her if she had simply said, "I know I won't appoint myself or run if Senator Stevens is expelled." But, we'll see what she does.

The whole evasion about the clothes matters not so much about the clothes themselves, but what the evasiveness says about her character to those who haven't already annointed her as the "next best hope" as well as her need to "impress" the rest of us.

I suppose some of us do not think this is such an inspiring statement by Gov. Palin. She sounds terribly presumptous; that God's primary worry is over her political future, and that the "door" God opens must assuredly be to the Oval Office.

What if God's will for Ms. Palin is to change her, humble her, transform her, and convert her? What if God's will may be for her to remain in Alaska, or even leave politics, because it has caused her to change in ways that are not good?

I guess its hard for me to get excited about this when she is using this time after the election to do the typicall "political thing," positioning herself with the media, playing the blame game, and trying to do a pretty good amount of "damage" control in light of things she said and did with the McCain campaign.

God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud.

Wishful thinking from an unbelievable political novice.
God help us get over this flimsy candidate from embarrassing her own party any more.

Frankly this gal is giving most of us Christians a bad reputation, we are not all so uninformed as she is.

I'm not sure what the problem is with her comments. Politicians have to campaign and run for office. They don't get there any other way. I would rather have someone who asks God to show her the open doors than someone who doesn't even bother to consult Him.

Gov. Palin is rapidly becoming a Rorschack test for folks' political leanings/bias. I'm amazed that people can watch the same interview/speech and come away with completely different viewpoints.

Only the good Lord can know for certain what is in her heart. But she surely acknowledges Him openly and boldly. I think He is likely pleased.

The clothing thing that originated with the disgruntled of the McCain crew has now been shown to be false, as testified to by many first-hand witnesses. If you are truly a Christian, then hold to the Scriptural admonition to watch your tongue rather than to participate in furthering a smear campaign in which you have no personal knowledge. When you are a participant in smearing another person in that way, it is YOU who appears unchristian.

For the past 2-3 years, I've been considering whether to convert to Catholicism. Although I grew up in evangelicalism and have spent the first decade of my adult life as an evangelical, I have never felt at home in the populist subculture of American evangelicalism.

I have long ago made my peace with many aspects of Catholic theology. For me, the main choice related to whether I was ready to walk away from the only religious subculture I have ever known. In this sense, I can agree with much of what Mark Noll writes in the last chapter of his book on Catholicism.

Nevertheless, with the elevation of Sarah Palin to rock-star status in the evangelical world, I realize more than ever that I'm not an evangelical. Palin has swept the evangelical world by storm, gaining fawning admiration from evangelicals of nearly every stripe. Both CT and its sister magazine, World, ran puff-piece after puff-piece on Palin. It seemed that I was the only evangelical who wondered whether this woman merited our gushing praise.

I agree with her stand on abortion. But my admiration ends there. Frankly, we need a VP who knows that Africa is not a country, and who can name the signatories to NAFTA. It was alarming to me that evangelicals were willing to overlook these deficits.

So, I cross the Tiber, and thus leave the evangelical world to continue finding ways to adore the blessed Sarah. I agree that she perfectly embodies the best and the worst of evangelical culture. But I didn't get a PhD and a law degree so that I could continue to pal around with anti-intellectual populists. Farewell.

Paul: Your biggest problem is that you need to read your Bible.. Judge not that ye be judged. With comments like these, please don't tell anyone that your are a Christian. You might also want to look up Gal. 6:7

Thanks and have a Blessed Day.

Billy Davie

Amazing, to find Palin haters even here on a Christian blog.
She NEVER said that it is all about her and her political career, I am sure she meant it in a broader sense, in other words for her whole life.
Lighten up people.