Those who cause divisions and put obstacles in the way that are contrary to GODS teaching. Keep away from them. ~Romans 16:17

Sarah Palin has ‘God on her side’?

By Hal Boyd, Deseret News

Bristol Palin, the daughter of potential GOP presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, said her mom has “got God on her side,” and that “people are envious of that,” during an interview with Christianity Today about her new memoir, “Not Afraid of Life.”

When questioned further about why she thought Providence was on her mother’s side, Bristol replied puzzlingly.

“We all have God on our side. We all know at the end of the day that we’re serving him, and we’re really confident with our religion,” Bristol said.

USA Today writer Cathy Lynn Grossman explored Bristol Palin’s comments and the idea of being on God’s side. “God, being God, can take multiple sides, evidently,” Grossman wrote, “since Jennifer Gray won (Dancing with the Stars) and Joe Biden is currently U.S. vice president, not (Bristol’s) mom.

“Sarah Palin herself has commented, with varying degrees of success, on all this side-picking,” Grossman continued. “In 2008 she told Charlie Gibson, ‘Abraham Lincoln had said … let us not pray that God is on our side, in a war, or any other time. But let us pray that we are on God’s side.'”

Grossman went on to cite an article from The Gaurdian titled, “Palin misinterprets Lincoln on ABC,” which alleged that Palin failed to interpret Lincolns’ words correctly.

Grossman neglected to point out that Palin may have simply lifted the misrepresented Lincoln quote from a Barack Obama CNN interview in 2007.

When asked,” Do you thing that God takes sides in a war?” Obama replied, ” Well, you know, I always remember Abraham Lincoln when, during the Civil War, he said we shouldn’t be asking whose side God is on, but whether we’re on his side.”

While the Lincoln quote is likely apocryphal, the 19th-Century president did address the topic of God and war on several occasions, including his famous second inaugural address in March 1865. On that occasion Lincoln said both the Confederate and Union sides of the Civil War “read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes…”

 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. ~Romans 16:17

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 10:25:44

    Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” The people of God strive to live out a lifestyle that honors Christ. ~Philippians 1:27

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those [who] [are] Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. ~Gal. 5:22-25


  2. moinkslinger
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 10:53:41

    I have often wondered how Palin could call herself a good Christian when she promotes hatred. Maybe Palin and I don’t have the same God.


  3. climber357
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:00:13

    Bristol came out swinging at Meghan McCain in a deplorable attempt to ruin Meghan´s national reputation. What value was there in that? What purpose did it serve? Bristol revealed her true self to America and the public rejected her.

    Meghan responded with a video that showed the world the truth. Nothing more. When Meghan revealed her true self to America, the truth showed the public Bristol does not belong in Meghan´s peer group.

    There is no question who is on God´s side.


  4. alaska
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 12:42:04

    God’s on our side.

    “You don’t count the dead when God’s on your side.
    Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss.
    You have to decide whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side.”


  5. daisydem
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 12:44:58

    Good post Syrin. Thanks and I love the inclusion of the scripture at the end. I borrowed this one today to post on my FB page as it really affects me deeply today. I felt it appropriate to the obstruction by Cantor, Boehner, and others of achieving a compromise that works for the American people in the debt talks.


  6. molly malone
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 14:37:33

    Why is it that the people who claim God loves them best are the ones we’d hate to spend eternity with?


  7. jame
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 17:33:30

    Galatians 5:19-21 (New American Standard translation):

    “19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: [a]immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, [b]factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ”

    Those who practice impurity, idolatry (which includes idolatry of a person, and the idolatry of ideas – such as American exceptionalism, nationalism, racial superiority, a love for war, etc), enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying (ie, envying/lusting for the political power that someone else holds) “will not inherit the Kingdom of God”.

    How much plainer can it be?

    The far right do all of these things, and more. What is much worse, they do them while using God’s Name and claiming to belong to Him, thereby blaspheming His Name and taking it in vain. By all their actions, they make a mockery of God, His Word, and Christianity. Instead of turning people toward God, they turn people away from God. Their lack of love and humility, combined with their vitriolic hatred, emotional and spiritual immaturity, and flaming hypocrisy, is an offense to real Christians everywhere.


    • Syrin
      Jul 14, 2011 @ 22:13:15

      Thanks for your comment and scripture. That warning was not taken by this present culture. I believe it goes across political idealogy.


  8. molly malone
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 17:58:06

    Bravo, Jame, well said.

    While these people may call themselves Christians, they turn a blind eye to Christ’s teachings: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”; “Whatsoever you do unto the least among us, you do unto me”: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and unto God that which is God’s.”

    They are Old Testament “Christianists”, who claim the name but don’t walk the talk. As the old saying goes–a fanatic is one who does what God would do if He knew what was going on.


  9. MurkyWaters
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:29:39

    To my mind, Sarah Palin is a Nouveau Christian: wrapped in the flag, carrying a gun in one hand and a cross in the other. I don’t see her doing any good, only fanning flames of nastiness and hatred. I don’t think Jesus would friend her on facebook.


  10. Raben woman
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 22:12:18

    From what I have observed Palin’s God must be vengeful, vindictive, and mean spirited who incites hate and spouts ugliness towards fellow human beings. Her God appears to favor only those who are like minded followers, as anyone who opposes are instantly categorized as Palin haters. She is a divisive leader, there is no room for compromise.We in Alaska, know this .


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