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|An Open Letter to Sarah Palin||11/20/2009|
Dear Gov. Palin:
From the depth of my heart I want to express appreciation to you for openly professing your deep love for God, your family, your state and our great country. From the moment you burst on the scene, you were a breath of fresh air to those of us who hold faith, family and freedom dear. You appear to be a truly beautiful person. My wife and I are not attracted or committed to personalities, politicians or parties. We are wholeheartedly sold out to time-proven principles and continually pray that all of us as citizens and believers will stand on rock-solid truth.
I have never seen anyone espousing such important beliefs, convictions and open commitment so blatantly mistreated and misrepresented. It is unbelievable to witness the radical groups, who supposedly defend women's rights and a woman's place, refuse to come to your defense when you are attacked. Instead, they are the source of much animosity and criticism. Yet, you have been calm and gracious. When Oprah questioned and challenged you directly (and fairly,) you never blinked. You answered in the most effective possible manner. You have handled unkindness with a soft answer and a thoughtful, controlled response.
Sarah, you are one of the most effective communicators and public speakers I have heard, and I have heard the best. Though you have been blessed with this great ability, I have never detected any arrogance. You are strong and able to make sound decisions, even in the face of vicious opposition. Through it all, you carry the graciousness and kindness of a loving wife and mother. The way you honor your husband Todd and the way he honors you is exemplary. As the mother of five children, the way you have faced and shared the challenges and blessings should inspire everyone.
I believe you when you say you want to use the opportunity and place God has given you to positively influence our country. I hope and pray you will prove to be one of the most effective voices in this new century, for the glory of God, the strengthening of families and the benefit of this great nation. You are right when you quote C.S. Lewis, "We all want progress, but if you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road."
As we have watched people respond to you in various ways, we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly openly expressed in our country. Those who understand the importance of proven principles and family values appreciate your leadership, but you are despised by those who hold disdain for the principles that built this most-blessed nation in history.
I especially applaud your unwavering pro-life stance, even when you personally along with your family faced two difficult decisions concerning the unborn. You have demonstrated that a truly strong woman will still choose life. Of course, by making these choices, you have been made the target of vicious and hostile attacks by those who claim to be "pro-choice."
The extreme bias of the media has been on display, too. Never in my life have I seen a more arrogant, snooty attitude expressed among the elite press. I saw it firsthand during an interview with Katie Couric when she apparently had no other goal than to demean and embarrass you. It was on display when Charles Gibson looked down his nose over his glasses and crafted ways to portray you falsely. Chris Matthews showed video of one of your book signings this week and said, "They look like a white crowd to me." He turned to his hand-picked guest, who said, "She's a very divisive, mean-spirited person." He reiterated his racist slurs by saying, "I think there's a tribal aspect to this thing. In other words, white versus other people." It is obvious that they have abandoned journalism in favor of character assassination. Yet you have not reacted to their disgusting, underhanded tactics with rancor. You remain gracious. Thank you for that. I continually pray that racism, mean-spirited partisanship and sectarianism will not hinder healthy communication in our nation.
Thank you for standing strong, "going rogue," walking in humility and depending on God to guide your path. Thank you for having the courage to share openly and honestly. As a minister, husband, father and grandfather, I offer my prayerful support to you, your family and the Godly principles you advocate.
Author: James Robison
Editor: Randy Robison
Word Count: 750
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.