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Judging By Her Own Theology Sarah Palin Is Disobeying the Bible

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Message Frank Schaeffer

Co-authored by Linda Trump

Sarah Palin will never again run for political office if, that is, she really believes the born-again fundamentalist views about women that her church promotes.

Premise: Sarah Palin is a self-proclaimed, far-right conservative, Christian fundamentalist, which connotes a literal interpretation of the Bible.

She cherry-picks to make her message more palatable to the public and ducks the subservient role of women her church believes in.

Too bad the media who interview Sarah Palin don't know their Bibles and the fundamentalist theology Palin says she lives by. If they did, Palin would have to answer the following questions based on the fact that according to her own church's beliefs, she shouldn't even be in politics.

So here is a freebie for you biblically-ignorant media types.

Armed with these questions you can give Palin a choice: be true to the Bible "as it's interpreted by many of your own right wing born-again base" or get out of politics.

Start out with easy, biographical fluff-questions. Ask her who has had the greatest influence in her life. If she says Jesus, or the Bible, great!

Ask Palin about her religion and long-standing faith. Ask her if she believes that the Bible is the sovereign authority in her life. She will answer that she follows "God's will" in her life.

Ask her if she is a "subject of God's Rule of Law" based on Scripture. Ask her she if she believes that God's Word is the only solid base upon which to build our lives. If she can't answer or gives you a blank stare, ask her to summarize her personal faith and wait for a response.

The Bible and Women

If she still can't do that, ask her if she believes what her church says on its website. She'll say yes, of course she does, because her husband, her family, her minister and the entire congregation will be watching. So far so good. If you want to quote her own statement of faith she signed on to joining her church here it is:

By God's grace everything in the life of this church will revolve around the reality of Jesus Christ - who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. In the words of the early Church "He is Lord" and will be recognized as such in this church with an absolute allegiance that lifts Him above all others in our hearts, in our homes, and in our congregation. It is His commands that we will obey, His warnings that we will heed, and His promises that we will hold. In every endeavor we will rely upon His power, cherish His presence, and honor His name. We will, in sum, love Him. (John 14:6)
Ask Palin about the Role of Women in her own church.

Then ask her what the Bible says (thus Jesus "says") about how women who believe in God's word are to shape their relationships with their husbands and other men through "God's divine model of womanhood."

Here it is, in case she doesn't remember: Biblical mandate of...

"The Law of Submission"

As it says in her Bible: "But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. ...He is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. -- For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman's sake, but woman for the man's sake."


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Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best selling author. He is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a (more...)
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