Sep 9 2008
|Sarah Palin's God|
For a vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin has interesting views on US history. During her 2006 gubernatorial run, in response a question about the phrase "under God" which currently appears in the Pledge of Allegiance, Palin said (see here):
If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me.
Apparently, Palin considers Dwight D. Eisenhower to be one of America's "founding fathers", since he was the president responsible for this phrase in the Pledge. (See here.)
But, her theology is even more interesting. True, like Obama dealing with his Reverend Wright controversy, Palin has distanced herself from the speaker two weeks ago at her church who argued that violence suffered by Israelis today is divine punishment for the failure of their ancestors to accept Jesus.
Still, some of her own remarks reflect very interesting views, such as that Alaska's $30 billion natural gas pipeline is "God's will". In particular, she told a church group:
"God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that."
Most interesting, however, are the theological implications of this comment about the war in Iraq:
"Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."
I do agree with her that it would be nice if there was a plan, though personally I would have been satisfied if there was even a human plan beyond what the Bush administration delivered. Yet, I'm really intrigued and mystified by her idea that there is value in praying that there is a plan and that it is God's plan. I mean, I think that even if I believed in God and believed that he had a plan for this country, I think we'd have to determine whether invading Iraq was part of his plan before we did it. I have trouble seeing how we could turn it into his plan by praying for it after the fact. Is he going to say, "Well, originally I thought diplomacy was the better approach, but now that those guys in Wasilla are praying for it, I'm thinking a full scale invasion might not be so bad after all!"?