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Sarah Palin – role model or not?
September 2, 2008, 12:20 pm
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I have been reading a lot about Sarah Palin, which isn’t hard these days since she’s all over the news. First there were the stories about her background, which seems really interesting. Then rumors that her fifth child was actually her daughter’s child – a rumor proved false, since the next story was that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, really is pregnant.

I have been excited about Sarah Palin ever since McCain announced her as his running mate, and it seemed like most conservatives and Christians were excited as well. Then last night I ran into some other viewpoints from Christians I really respect that seem to think it’s wrong for her to be in this position.

Voddie Baucham, who is an incredibly godly man, thinks that Palin is decidedly anti-family, though he says so in a gracious way.

And then Nancy Ann Wilson, who writes at Femina, has a completely different take.

I think the point that she is not in church leadership but in civil leadership is well taken. While we never see a woman in a church leadership position in Scripture, we do see Deborah and Esther called by God to impact the people – roles that are similar to the vice presidency. I also think it is a good point that we are not necessarily called to vote for people who are godly Christian role models, although that would be nice.

From what I can see, Sarah Palin loves her family, is vehemently against abortion, believes in strict interpretation of the Constitution, and is supporting her teenage daughter in an incredibly difficult circumstance. So far, these things stand out to me as reasons to vote a McCain/Palin ticket – not as reasons not to.

I’d be interested to hear other opinions.