Sarah Palin Delivers a Delimma for Christian Conservatives

Who wasn’t impressed with Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention?  WOW, what a gal!

But the spectacular blooming of this new political powerhouse presents an uneasy situation for those of us that believe in traditional values and Biblical Christian Womanhood.

First of all, consider the implications of a wife and mother of several young children coming to such a position of responsibility and power.  What does this say about the role of the husband in the home?  Will she be able to fulfill the needs of her family – especially if she is pressed into the presidency itself?  Will the young children have to turn to a stranger for the motherly nurturing they need?  Is this the role model we really want for our daughters? 

Now don’t get me wrong – if my own daughter were to rise to the level of public acclaim that Mrs. Palin has, I would be very proud of her.  However, I am equally as proud of her as a longsuffering wife and mother.  But if she were to be negligent in her wifely and motherly duties for the sake of political, social, or financial gain, it would bring sorrow to my heart.

And just how many young women are looking to Sarah Palin as a role model?  Millions would be my guess.  It’s becoming more and more difficult to steer our little girls and young women into traditional roles, and public figures like Mrs. Palin is not making the task any easier. 

The actions of public people have always been held to a higher standard, if for no other reason than the fact that whatever shortcoming they have will be mimicked, multiplied, and expanded by the young on-lookers in this world.  But unfortunately, to the postmodern cynic, holding public officials to a higher standard has become one of the backwater superstitions of a bygone era.  Let us pray that this trend will not hold.

I wish Sarah Palin well and if she is elected, I’m sure she will be a fine vice president or even president if called up.  Her committment to the right to life is highly commendable – a committment she has put into action by bringing forth a special-needs child of her own, and the pregnancy of her teenage daughter – a pregnancy which could have easily been swept away to avoid the public embarassment.  So we believe that she has been blessed and will yet be blessed in her stand for life.  But let us also proceed with caution.


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6 Responses to “Sarah Palin Delivers a Delimma for Christian Conservatives”

  1. texas buddha Says:

    I wasn’t impressed by her speech.

    Lots of snarky jibes and zero specifics. More of the same old attack politics from the split-personality incumbent party that now claims to want “change”.

    I call BS on the GOP ticket.

    Joel says: Fair enough. And I call BS on the Donkey party. So let’s call it a tie and quit.

  2. Dems Have Won The Culture Wars Says:

    It’s over. The Democrat positions of 1980 have won. Premarital sex, unwed motherhood, putting jobs ahead of families – it’s all good, and it’s Focus on the Family leading the charge in support of it.

    Republicans may get a pro-life Supreme Court appointment out of it, but I doubt it. McCain is pandering to social conservatives now because he needs them; when the Supreme Court opening comes up it will be the liberal US Senate that he will need to pander to, and he will give them what they require because he isn’t really on board the social conservative train.

    Let me repeat: it’s over. Republicans may win the 2008 Presidential battle, but the war is over. It’s all good. It’s all ok. Don’t fret; go get a tattoo (like every member of the Palin family over the age of 10) and have a nice drink to forget.

    Joel says: I feel your pain. I’ve lost hope many times myself. But if there is a God, there is hope. Let’s pray for our faith to be stronger.

  3. angelic1 Says:

    as a democrat, i’m impressed with your thoughtful examination of the facts. it is a dilemma with which many women are faced today and you seem fair and open to a right solution for this. given all that, i’m still worried that she took the spot for the wrong reason and exposed her family to untold harm and unnecessary scrutiny. she is being used by the gop and her family has been dragged into this mess. she is a role model for all women, and you’re right to advise proceeding with caution — this could backfire in many ways.

    with respect for your views,

    Joel says: Thank you for your thoughful words. “Buddha” should pay attention to you.

  4. Rachel Says:

    I have to say – I have been concerned. The decision to run when she knew the symbol her young daughter would become of pre-marital sex is upsetting. Her daughter’s inability to learn abstinence is disturbing to me – and this will feed the left in their belief that abstinence only education does not work. I am not comfortable.

  5. Joel Says:

    Rachel – uncomfortable is the right word indeed. Here’s a question I have: If a woman or a minority was the politically expedient requirement, why not choose Condi Rice for VP? But on second thought, I guess the unchecked demonization of the Bush administration has placed Ms. Rice off limits. Oh well.

  6. syinly Says:

    I am not a Palin Supporter, but I do think she can be seen as a role model the Proverbs 31 woman was a business woman and yet she also provided for her family. Her husband had all confidence in her. Being a christian, a wife, and mother are important roles and should not be neglected for personal gain. Don’t forget about Deborah she was married and involved with the politics of her community.

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