Monday, September 8, 2008

Stacy & Sarah

What can I say, we go together like peas n carrots, peanut butter and jelly, caramel and chocolate, red wine and more red wine, I could go on and on.

When I watched McCain announce his selection, I was a little more than skeptical…What? Who? Why?

It didn’t take long to have all those questions answered---and answered well! The more I heard the more I liked! No, not just liked----loved! I was crying by the end. Crying because she said “servant heart” and meant it, crying because she is a doer and not just a hearer (or complainer!), crying because I saw someone like me on that stage, who loves this country, believes in the values it was founded on, and wants more than anything for it to be a place that is safe, clean, benevolent, moral, and truly truly looks out for the “least of these.” Is she perfect? No. Has she made mistakes, misspoken, misunderstood, miscalculated, misstepped? Absolutely, haven’t we all? Haven’t you? I know I sure have. We are a nation that doesn’t just love to throw stones, we like to sit back and watch the impact, sell tickets to the show and markup the price of the popcorn. I know this because I’ve done it.

What I’m most shocked by, however, is not the nastiness of the media, or the venom from the far left. No, what astounds me the most is the judgment and condemnation from my fellow sisters in Christ who doubt her commitment to her family and God because of her service to her country, and use a scripture reference after each attack as justification.

Scripture is alive…it is God breathed…it is useful…it is relevant…it is convicting…it is truth and love. Let us be careful that we look at scripture in context and with Spirit led discernment. (Remember the self-righteous religious folks…the good ol’Pharisees…they could quote scripture with the best of them, even the Devil himself liked to throw out a passage now and then.)

There are numerous verses that lift up the importance of a wife and a mother as it relates to the nurturing of our children, the edification of our husbands, the role and importance of the family, leading in our churches, etc. but there are also numerous verses that talk about service, advocacy, social responsibility, and civic duty. I believe these verses are in addition to…and not exclusive of… each other.

There are passages that speak of women being elevated for “such a time as this,” character studies on women of virtue who work inside and outside of the home, women who have led or helped lead their nation, and then of course the beautiful description of a noble wife in Proverbs 31:10-31. I’ve read it many times before, but read it with a new fervor when I think of Sarah Palin.

I’m proud of Sarah and will be praying for her!