Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sarah Palin, Voddie and Feminism

Sarah Palin as Vice President would, unfortunately, be an inspiration to Christian feminists everywhere. Now Christians, who would not want her preaching at the pulpit, are praying to have her over the Pentagon and Presidency. I am not for Obama but I am not arranging a party to celebrate the devaluing and mocking of the vital role of motherhood. Is this really a great role model for Christian mothers? This is a mother whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down Syndrome, and then she goes back to the job of Governor within days of the birth?

Well at least her eldest unwed daughter, now pregnant with her own daughter, can hold Sarah's baby while Sarah poses for political photo-ops with John McCain. When dad and mom both work full-time the children are going to be neglected. No one can be a mother like a mother. Will her children get the attention and mothering they need if she is Vice President of the United States of America? It says in Isaiah 3:12 "My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them." This is a sign of judgment and not progression. Yea, she's pro-life but I would also like her to be pro-family - I would also like her not to sacrifice her family on the altar of her career.

Watch this clip from CNN: "Palin and the Pulpits" - Go Voddie Go! God give us more principled pastors rather than political pundits.

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Anna L. Davis said...

I agree with you in Palin isn't the best example of motherhood. But she's a good example of confident female Christianity, and sometimes with real people we need to take the good with the bad.

Why do we need an example of confident female Christianity? Because a large percentage of Christian women who go to college either walk away from their faith, or become less confident as college pregresses. I believe this is because we have two opposing worldviews -- the self-denial taught by churches versus the self-absorption promoted by postmodern feminism -- and women simply can't reconcile the two. So something has to give, and that something is either faith or confidence.

God never meant for women to bury their talents. But this discussion, as you said, should be tempered by a thoughtful look at priorities about how Godly womanhood merges career with family.

Anna L. Davis
Author - The College Precipice: Faith and Life for Young Women

Grandma of Many said...

Kenny, Thanks for sharing your comments and the video. It was enlightening. At the end, where she said, something like punish the woman to have to stay home was rediculous. We do need to wake up. Dottie

Kenny Anderson said...


How could you say that you agree she's not the best example of motherhood but she is a good example of competent female Christianity? Shouldn't her motherhood qualify or disqualify her? Paul gives us the principle in 1 Tim 3:5 "for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?" I know it's not a church we're dealing with (and Paul is talking about men) but it is the most powerful nation of the free world. The principle still applies.

When you say "something has to give" I hear someone has to compromise. A child who has been abandoned by his or her mom for the sake of her career will not be better off knowing his or her mom is "confident." God give us humble female Christianity with Christian behavior. The hand that abandons the cradle should not rule the world. Oh that women would start rocking again.

The Goldman Family said...

Very insightful post. Another thing people are failing to see about her is her inability to do anything about Roe v Wade. Everyone is so excited about her pro-life stand, but she's running for office in the "executive" branch of our government, not the legislative or judicial. As VP, or even as the president, she would be powerless to do anything about Roe v Wade.
Anna L. Davis, I believe you are missing the point. The example of motherhood IS a good example of being a confident Christian female - it's just not as glamorous to the world. In fact, it's not only a good example, it's the BEST example, and it's really the only prominent example in the scriptures. If a large percentage of Christian women who go to college are walking away from the faith (which I believe to be true), it's not a lack of confidence that is their downfall. Rather, it's their lack of protection and the failure of either their father or their husband to be their covering. God ordained that a woman is either under the protection of her father or her husband. A woman away from home at college is under no such protection and is therefore vulnerable. When the church begins to take it's lead from the modern culture and not from the scriptures, we shouldn't be shocked when things don't work right. If, in taking "the good with the bad" you mean that we should take her confidence in the workplace along with her failing as a mother, then you have your priorities mixed up. Is being a confident female politician more important than raising her children properly? I admit it is more glamorous, but God didn't call us to glamor. He called us to obey His Word. It is true that God never meant for women to bury their talents, but it is equally true that He gave guidelines for them to express those talents, and provided a protection for them in godly male headship.

"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never do less." Robert E. Lee