If you’re just catching up with this discussion, here are links to my previous posts with links back to the effort to pin down what flavor of Christian GOP VP choice Sarah Palin might be. Pentecostal? Bible Church? Lutheran?
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter has an interesting take:
The initial confusion surrounding Palin’s denominational identity, therefore, has a simple explanation: She doesn’t have one.
Instead, Palin appears to be part of that rapidly expanding galaxy of “post-denominational” Christianity, where elements of Evangelical and Pentecostal styles of faith and worship fuse into a myriad of unique local combinations, and where old denominational loyalties are essentially dead.
Bob Smietana, the religion writer for The Tennessean, has been exchanging e-mails with me as we both set out on the hunt. He says: “Looks like she’s a charismatic, or charismatic leaning, if her home congregation is Church on The Rock.
Her mom apparently goes to church here.” Read Bob’s story here.
If Bob is right, she’d be the first Charismatic on a ticket, I think? Whether or not she categorizes herself as such?
I wonder if Palin (or the GOP campaign) will find it useful/necessary to have her explain her religious worldview? The presidential candidates have answered more religious questions than a seminary student. Will she put herself in the position to face those kinds of queries?
In other words folks maybe just maybe, she is born again? Is it possible? I sure hope so. I loved this part, “where old denominational loyalties are essentially dead.” What a new idea that maybe our loyalty should be to Christ instead of a denomination. Anyways, she has a lovely family and to answer my previous question about who was watching the baby, it looks like he is in very good hands, the hands of his caring family. It is a rare woman who can work outside and inside the home, with her family actually well and properly cared for, but Sarah Palin looks like she just might be one of those rare women. May the Lord bless.
Last but not least, check out this link to see what the anti-God folks are saying, my goodness she is accused of a lot of things, all which point to her actually being born again. From their point of view. Now I really am impressed. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/29/163234/559/495/579213