by Allan Erickson
(12.16.08) Accelerant was poured around the church at several locations indicating the arsonist intended to completely destroy the entire building which contained several women and two children on Friday when the fires were set. Words, like gasoline, can accelerate fires. The hate spewed at Palin the last three months no doubt motivated this arsonist to act, and so, those who engaged the verbal lynching of Palin, are as guilty of setting this fire as is the arsonist, at least in God’s economy. And one day, the Judge will render a verdict.
The pastor of Sarah Palin’s church was just on Fox News being interviewed about the fire set Friday at their church, the investigation and the community reaction. A ladies craft group was meeting at the time the fire was set. Everyone got out unhurt.
Pastor Larry Kroon said this morning many church members have taken an emotional hit over this incident, but along with cooperating with investigators, he said, parishioners are going about the business of sharing the reality of Jesus Christ, sharing the hope and love of God, and caring for people. (All very subversive of course.)
The fire caused $1 million in damage. It was unclear if this act of arson was in any way connected to Gov. Palin.
The Governor’s spokesman released this statement:
“Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good.” (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28)
If the arsonist had in mind an effort to somehow protest Palin’s politics, or confront the church, or both, it is a strange day in America when traditional Christian people and values are viewed as worthy of violence.
It is also evidence that words and actions have consequences.
From August 29 through Nov. 4 the Governor and the entire Palin family were assaulted, insulted, and slandered 24/7. It was one of the most shameful displays of barbarism witnessed in our country. Most people in media, Hollywood types, and others, made it a quest to assassinate Sarah Palin’s character by any means. Even some conservatives joined the lynch mob, and surprisingly, some liberals expressed outrage.
Just for the record, 99.9% of the accusations leveled against her turned out to be entirely untrue, from those involving her personal life, to so-called TrooperGate, her performance as Governor, her policies, her statements, her appearance, wardrobe, manner of speaking and her personal beliefs. Has anyone seen retractions and corrections anywhere near the scale of the condemnations and misrepresentations?
Through it all, Gov. Palin and her husband simply moved forward, remaining genuine, engaged, positive and proactive, even so far as to campaign successfully in Georgia for Chambliss after the presidential election.
The reason Palin drew so much ire is relatively straightforward. She represents and promotes everything the Left has been trying to destroy for 50 years: the nuclear family, traditional Christian faith, Judeo-Christian morality, conservative political values, unabashed patriotism. They saw her coming, noticed the immediate and massive positive reaction, and began sharpening their knives. Also, there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of men and women across this land who suffer abortion guilt. When someone like Palin shows up on the national stage, calmly calling for states’ rights in the abortion debate, a Down’s Syndrome baby on her hip, the abortion guilt suffered by so many drives them to rage against her. Sadly, they rarely exercise the option: repentance and forgiveness and healing at the foot of the Cross. Many others oppose Palin’s stance on gay marriage, often viciously voicing their opposition to her. Ironically, as Governor, Palin signed legislation extending benefits to partners of gay Alaska state employees. There’s hate-filled, homophobic bigotry for you.
Many so-called feminists condemned Palin for not playing their game to the hilt, according to their rules, as if her personal and professional achievements required their approval. One lone courageous NOW official called Palin a true feminist, but the majority of that crowd crowed derision, another shameful episode, revealing the truly tyrannical nature of various dimensions of the Left.
Remarkably (or not so for those of faith) she persevered and even overcame, making a personal appearance right in the belly of the beast snarling for her blood—SNL and the NBC druids.
Palin demonstrated grace, intelligence, courage and great faith throughout the election campaign. David confronted and defeated Goliath, once again.
People never learn. If Palin-haters wanted to take a little time to study a little history, they would discover every time Christ and his followers are persecuted, his church grows and flourishes. It happens every time. From the very beginning this was the pattern. After Christ’s crucifixtion and resurrection, Peter and James and other disciples boldly preached the Gospel in Jerusalem. They were imprisoned and beaten and threatened with execution. The church grew and flourished, expanding throughout the known world, overcoming even the Roman Empire in time.
One of the Temple leaders advised those persecuting the disciples:
“Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts. 5: 38, 39)
Palin is a daughter of heaven. How do I know? She confesses Christ, walks the walk, displays the fruit of the Spirit, does not return evil for evil, and the impact of her life shows evidence of great goodness, mercy and grace.
Those who attack her invite God’s wrath. They will laugh and sneer, until the day it descends.
And those who participated in the persecution of Sarah Palin are as guilty as the arsonist, of this crime, and many others.
[PS: what do you think we’d see if somebody burned Jeremiah Wright’s church?]