In a recent news article, it was stated that “Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008 because of ‘God’s plan,’ according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican’s campaign… Schmidt said he asked Palin about her serenity in the face of becoming ‘one of the most famous people in the world.’ He quoted her as saying, ‘It’s God’s plan.’” Further into the article, her credibility was called into question with the quotation that there “were numerous instances that she said things that were — that were not accurate that, ultimately, the campaign had to deal with. And that opened the door to criticism that she was being untruthful and inaccurate. And I think that that is something that continues to this day.”
One thing that isn’t surprising in the secular culture of America is that anyone claiming to be a follower of Jesus Christ is immediately the suspect of great suspicion and even persecution to the extent that is possible within our country. It is much more acceptable for anyone to speak of their faith at any time and in regard to any topic, unless it comes from a Christian. It’s actually encouraged for those of other faiths to promote their faith, but if a Christian does this, it’s discouraged and the word “proselytizing” is used to negatively describe the person. Anyone who is truly a Christian is going to share their faith in Jesus Christ with others, so it is not surprising, and is actually expected, that there is opposition. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12, KJV).
The article certainly has a theme to make Sarah Palin look foolish by insinuating that she is not sincere in her remarks about believing her candidacy was God’s plan. Some would even say that because the election was lost to the Obama-Biden ticket that it must not have been God’s plan. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1:27-29, NKJV).”
God doesn’t take away our will and we always have a choice before us as to whom we will serve. Many times, God has put His servants into positions of prominence so that they will have a forum to speak for Him. God uses these times to present a choice to the people and to hold them accountable for what they have been told. The success of these witnesses is not to be gauged according to the world’s standards, but according to God’s standard of being obedient to seek His plan and follow His calling. “He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them. He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and makes them wander in a pathless wilderness” (Job 12:23-24, NKJV).” It’s not difficult to discern that we are living during perilous times. Hopefully, our nation will decide to follow God and put Him first again so that we will stand.