A 'higher calling'

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, recently announced her intention to resign from office, and offered this explanation in her resignation speech:

"In fact, this decision comes after much consideration and finally polling the most important people in my life - my children (where the count was unanimous... well, in response to asking: 'Want me to make a positive difference and fight for ALL our children's future from outside the Governor's office?' It was four 'yes's' and one 'hell yeah!' The 'hell yeah' sealed it - and someday I'll talk about the details of that... I think much of it had to do with the kids seeing their baby brother Trig mocked by some pretty mean-spirited adults recently.) Um, by the way, sure wish folks could ever, ever understand that we all could learn so much from someone like Trig - I know he needs me, but I need him even more... what a child can offer to set priorities right – that time is precious... the world needs more 'Trigs', not fewer."
(Source: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/exec-column.php)

While I am sympathetic to the toll politics has taken on Gov. Palin’s family, I sincerely hope and pray she will see that the ‘higher calling’ she alluded to seeking on a social networking website is that of a wife and mother.

God’s Word tells us that women are “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:5 KJV) And while married women can be supportive and helpful to godly men seeking political office, it is not to take the place of or interfere with their higher calling of being a wife and mother.

What are the scriptural qualifications for civil officers? “The Scriptural Basis for Christian Civil Government” which is found in the book Explicitly Christian Politics – The Vision of the National Reform Association, edited by William O. Einwechter and published by The Christian Statesman Press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania tells us:

1. Civil rulers are ministers of God, deriving all just authority ultimately from Him (Prov. 8:15-16; Rom. 13:4-6).

2. Civil officers hold their trust from God, through the people, to protect and enforce right, and restrain and punish evil doers (Rom. 13:4-6; 1Pet. 2:13-14).

3. Hence, none but able, just, and God-fearing men should be exalted to the office of civil ruler (Ex. 18:21; 2 Sam. 23:2-3). (Emphasis mine.)

4. When immoral men are elevated to the civil magistracy, wickedness and wicked men are encouraged (Ps. 12:8).

5. Civil rulers are enjoined to learn Christ’s law, and acknowledge and obey Him as King (Ps. 2:10-12).

6. They are required to consult God’s revealed law as the great law-book of the nation. (Deut. 17:18-20).

7. Just and God-fearing rulers bring the clear sunshine of peace and prosperity to a nation (2 Sam. 23:3-4).

American Christians would do well to follow God’s Word for national peace and prosperity and vote only for qualified godly men. Amen.

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