By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
Last night was big for Sarah Palin. Speaking at Indiana's Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner, the Alaska governor embraced her role as leader of opponents of abortion rights more fully than at any other time since she leapt onto the national political stage last summer.
Palin spoke more movingly and more personally about her opposition to abortion, revealing her own momentary brush with contemplating abortion last year after discovering she was pregnant with a child with Down syndrome. To conservative Christians, this tale of temptation and resistance gives Palin a redemption narrative that supplies her more credibility on abortion. To see this powerful testimony, watch this clip:
Beyond unveiling this redemption narrative, Palin's speech brimmed with overtly Christian themes and imagery to an extent unknown in her speeches as a vice presidential candidate. If Palin runs for president, we now have a good idea about the kind of Christian candidate she'll most likely be. The faith-based highlights from Palin's address last night:
He, the blessing of a teenage mom . . . she selflessly gave him up for adoption. She chose life for him. What a providential series of events that has brought you to where you are today. Challenges since before you were even born. And surely there's purpose in every single step that has brought you to where you are.
We got invited some months ago to attend, and I said, "Oh, man." I've got some adversaries up there in my state, and they're going to crucify me if I say yes to traveling outside the state of Alaska.
Trig . . . is our gift from God. He's proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that every innocent life does have purpose and there is not an accident. And I'm going to choose the Creator's idea of perfection over society's definition of perfection any day.
It was a sweet, sacred time, a secret between Todd and God and me.
Plus, I was old, and I thought, oh, very funny, God—my name is Sarah, but my husband is not Abraham. It's Todd. And just like Sarah of old, I too—I laughed.