Sarah Palin - a Woman of Destiny
Official Portrait of Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin is compared to Queen Esther of the Old Testament
Sarah Palin had a strong conviction that whatever she was called upon to do she wanted to know whether or not it was God's will. Shortly after taking office as the governor of Alaska in 2006, she sent an e-mail message to Paul Riley, her former pastor in the Assembly of God Church, which her family began attending when she was a youth. She needed spiritual advice in how to do her new job, said Riley, who is 78 and now retired from the church.
"She asked for a biblical example of people who were great leaders and what was the secret of their leadership," Riley said.
He wrote back that she should read again from the Old Testament the story of Esther, a beauty queen who became a real one, gaining the king's ear to avert the slaughter of the Jews and vanquish their enemies. When Esther was called to serve, God granted her a strength she never knew she had.
At the time when Esther was a queen in Persia (now known as Iran) there was a plot to exterminate all the Jews in that country. It is not a coincidence that the present president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to annihilate all the Jews in Israel. When Queen Esther was pondering whether or not to help her own people, her uncle Modecai said to her, "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14)
After accepting her nomination as Senator John McCain's running mate Pastor Riley said he thought that Sarah Palin had lived out the advice as governor and would do so again as the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee. Sarah Palin is a woman of destiny who had "come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
America - Meet Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin's interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson
GIBSON: I take your point about Lincoln's words, but you went on and said, "There is a plan and it is God's plan."
PALIN: I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie, and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That, in my world view, is a grand -- the grand plan.
GIBSON: But then are you sending your son on a task that is from God?
PALIN: I don't know if the task is from God, Charlie. What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision he has made, what he decided to do and serving for the right reasons and serving something greater than himself and not choosing a real easy path where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer
Track Palin, 19 year old son of Todd and Sarah Palin, the potential US vice-president, headed for the Middle East on Thursday September 11, 2008, to prepare for military service in one of the most dangerous corners of Iraq.
A year after enlisting in the US Army on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Private First Class Palin has flown to Kuwait for acclimatisation, and will be deployed a few weeks later to an area of Diyala province teeming with al-Qaeda insurgents.
Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech for the Nomination of the Vice Presidency
Sarah Palin is even more popular than John McCain and Barack Obama
Before the Republican National Convention most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following the Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters, but only 37% hold an unfavorable view of the self-described hockey mom.
Before her acceptance speech, Palin was viewed favorably by 52% and before that speech 67% had never heard of her.
The new data also shows significant increases in the number who say McCain made the right choice and the number who say Palin is ready to be President. Generally, John McCain's choice of Palin earns slightly better reviews than Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden.
Perhaps most stunning is the fact that Palin's favorable ratings are now 58%, one point higher than Obama and McCain, each received only 57% rating. Biden only has 48% favorable rating.
There is a strong partisan gap when it comes to perceptions of Palin. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans give her favorable reviews along with 33% of Democrats and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
She earns positive reviews from 65% of men and 52% of women. Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans believe that most reporters are trying to hurt Palin's campaign,a fact that may enhance her own ratings.
Sarah Palin is indeed a Woman of Destiny.