While it’s easy to think all Christians are fawning over Sarah Palin, not all of them are huge fans.
The progressive Christian group Matthew 25 Network put out a press release calling on Palin to be kinder, more honest, and — in so many words — “more Christian”:
The Matthew 25 Network is extremely disappointed in Sarah Palin’s address last night at the Republican National Convention. We call on her not as a political figure but as a prominent Christian, and representative of Christ to the world, to commit herself to campaigning in good faith, with love and respect for her political opponents and a strong commitment to truth-telling.
To be blunt, we saw very little of Christ’s love in Sarah Palin’s speech last night, as she heaped contempt on those who disagree with her politically, in particular Barack Obama. In questioning not only his policies but his motivations, and mocking his career, Palin went far beyond what could be considered acceptable disagreement and into what looked like open hatred for her political opponents. The name of Christ should never be associated with hate or contempt for one’s fellow human being, but last night, in Sarah Palin, we believe it was.
Moreover, as has been documented by major media sources including the Associated Press , Palin engaged in falsehoods not only about her own record, but about Barack Obama’s record as a State Senator and as a U.S. Senator. As Christians, we are called throughout Scripture to speak the whole truth, to put away falsehood, to bear true witness even when it hurts our own interests. The name of Christ should never be associated with falsehoods or deception, but last night, in Sarah Palin, we believe it was.
As a prominent face of Christianity, Sarah Palin is called to do more than represent her party — she is called to represent Christ to the world. We in the Matthew 25 Network call on Gov. Palin to repudiate her attitude of contempt towards her political opponents and tell the whole truth — if not for the sake of a more honorable politics, then for the sake of our Christian witness in the world.
You don’t have to agree with their Christian beliefs, but it’s nice to hear this group pointing out obvious concerns about Palin while their conservative counterparts ignore those problems entirely.
You can sign their petition, too, if you agree with them.
Mara Vanderslice, another Christian woman, wrote an article dismissing Palin as well.
Where are the other Christians who are not about to vote for John McCain?