Posted by: Rodney Shaw | February 17, 2009

Messiah Palin

Sarah is in the news again. Her daughter gave birth but has decided not to marry the baby’s father, at least not now. Now the Palin family is parading on television telling their story. Talk radio is having a feeding frenzy. It’s an open invitation to a morality fest. (Why would anyone do this unless they are campaigning?)

I am theologically, politically, and fiscally conservative. Since we all get to choose our own label and evaluate everyone else’s, that means some would say I am a flaming liberal while others would say I am a right-wing nutcase. As a conservative, and I gladly claim the label, I believe strongly in God’s standards for morality which include the one man/one woman definition of marriage, the antiquated idea that people ought to keep their clothes on before they get married, and other primitive values that have held societies together since creation. There are a lot of people who think like I do who feel that the political parties have thrown morality under the bus for the sake of political expediency.

Enter Sarah Palin.

She energized a lot of people because she had the courage to articulate conservative values on a national platform. Hordes of conservatives went chasing after her. (I heard several men say they would vote for her because they thought she was good looking. How is that for conservative values?) Now we have the daily chronicles of the life and times of Sarah Palin in the media.

I like Palin, but I think this whole ordeal shows just how bankrupt political conservatism is, and how we are not much different in our reflexes than liberals. Here’s why.

1. Everyone is looking for a leader in whom they can trust. We have been befuddled by President Obama’s rock star status, but the conservative infatuation with Sarah Palin is no different. I wonder if the hope of all Americans has been misplaced in humanity. Could it be that we conservatives have gone off to worship at Dan and Bethel?

2. Remember when all the conservatives loathed the idea of a woman becoming president when the woman being discussed was Hillary Clinton? Pre-campaign, I remember all the rhetoric about PMS in the White House, the inability of women to lead, the disregard for women around the world, and so on. But when a young, attractive, conservative with wit stepped up to the mic, we all tuned in and jumped on the wagon. Consistency, thou art a jewel, even in the snout of a bulldog with lipstick.

3. I believe righteousness exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34), and we need national leaders who will do their best to steer our country accordingly. But I am not sure we can muster enough votes to make our nation righteous. More people than not voted against conservative values in the last election. Righteousness will not come through politics or social activism. (Please hear this, young conservatives.) We expect our national leaders to make us righteous when that’s not their job. If our nation is in the morality tank, the problem is not Washington. The problem is that we don’t have enough churches in enough places.

4. The only way a person can live the kingdom life of Christianity is to be born again of water and Spirit. Jesus said that (John 3:3,5). Our nation’s hope is not in politics; it’s in evangelism. We need to put equal amounts of time, money, and organization behind evangelistic (the modern word is “missional”) efforts as we do political efforts.

5. Conservatives have difficulty separating their faith from their politics. I love America and I believe in the values upon which it was founded. It still is the greatest country on earth. I also believe we should fight for righteousness at every level. However, America is not the church. I am foremost a citizen of heaven and secondly of the United States of America.

Hopefully someone like Sarah Palin will occupy the White House someday. In addition to knowing how to gut a moose and affirming my moral values, I hope this person understands a little bit about economics and foreign policy.



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  1. Oh, how right you are!

  2. I’m thinking Palin/Condi in 2012.

    Excellent writing, as usual, RS. I wish I could write like you.

    I’m better looking, though. So there.

  3. Awesome article Bro. Shaw!

  4. Excellent blog! You “Tore It Up!” (That was also a great article!)
    This is exactly what’s wrong with the Christian church. We have alienated many of our fellow Americans by backing men and women based on their political persuasion, rather than the character, integrity, and beliefs that they hold dear. I believe this is caused by our very own lack of integrity. We do wrong when morality loses to self-interest in the inner battle of integrity.
    “It is not what men eat but what they digest that makes them strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; not what we preach but what we practice that makes us Christians.” – Francis Bacon.

  5. “Consistency, thou art a jewel, even in the snout of a bulldog with lipstick.” One word: AWESOME.

  6. I agree with Jan that the person “who runs for office better not have one blemish on their lives,” but this would seem to eliminate anyone from running for office. 🙂

    I also agree that we should “pray more and criticize leaders less,” but, dear Republicans, (and I’m sure Jan would agree) this includes interceding on behalf of President Obama and not merely against him.

  7. Excellent posting. As a commited compassionate conservative, I really would love to see new leadership for this country. Is it Sarah Palin? I am not sure. One thing for certain…anyone who runs for office better not have one blemish on their lives.
    It is time for us to look deep in our conscience and vote accordingly. Also, let’s pray more and criticize leaders less.

  8. Great article.As a whole the church in general has done a poor job of reaching our world. Too many preachers per church ratio.
    Have a good trip.

  9. Nice provocative start to your blog.

    I primarily take issue with anyone suggesting Palin is “good looking.” She’s not good looking; she’s a babe. I sincerely believe that what brought down the McCain-Palin ticket was that he was just too ugly. America just wasn’t ready for an ugly president.

    “Conservatives have difficulty separating their faith from their politics.” No one can, Rodney. How can anyone–liberal or conservative–vote contrary to their deepest held beliefs? I totally agree with you that America is not the church.

    Texas is.

  10. yes and amen!

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