Life is at all times easy and difficult to "figure out." As a Christian one can simplify things and say life is easy--trust and obey God--as explicated in the Holy Scriptures and expounded upon in the great creeds of the faith. On the other hand are the details and management of day-to-day, and year-to-year life. In this latter case life is more confounding.
Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has made a huge decision--to accept the nomination as John McCain's VP running mate. As a Christian, transporting oneself into her shoes is an exercise that is quite intriguing. Did she do the right thing? Is she remaining covenantal? What would I have done? In actuality, we don't need John McCain to come calling for us to test ourselves in this manner. Everyone can find similar circumstances in their own lives if they probe their conscience long enough.
Consider the example of Daniel and Joseph, two godly men of whom there is no mention of sinful acts in the Scriptures. Of course they did sin but the accounts we have of them show them to be upstanding men of faith. Daniel and Joseph were also right-hand men to unregenerate leaders, Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh, respectively. Alternatively, are the admonitions not to be unequally yoked, or as Chuck Baldwin puts it in his September 3 column, "Can two walk together except they be agreed." (Click on Chuck's article
for a good summation for the argument Sarah Palin is compromising the faith in her decision to run with McCain).
My position on Palin's decision to run with McCain? Not that it matters much, is, I don't know what to think of it. Still mulling it over. But if I ever lean strongly to one side or the other there's still the lingering questions that come with not knowing her personally. And even when one does know someone well that doesn't mean they know them as God does. God being the ultimate vetter.
A fool speaks their whole mind and I doubt Sarah will ever do that publicly. This makes the exercise very difficult. Perhaps Rahab, who hid the spies, lied about it, yet became regarded as a woman of great faith, is someone who strongly influences Palin. Is her decision to run with McCain supported by the fact Jesus Himself ate with sinners? We're in the world but not of the world. This doesn't seem to be a neat and tidy situation.
Sarah Palin gave a tremendous speech last night. She's articulate, well-mannered, confident, humble and at ease. She has thrust herself into the limelight and now awaits the post-vetting vetting by the media barracudas. It will be interesting to see how she fares and how her walk with God goes.
Labels: Baldwin, McCain, Sarah Palin