The Church of God – Sarah Palin’s church – explicitly does not.
The Church of God issued the following statement after the infamous sign outside one of their churches in Jonesville, SC this April read: “Obama Osama. Hummmm… Are they Brothers?”
Statement Regarding Jonesville, South Carolina Church of God
The Church of God (Cleveland, TN) makes no endorsement in political campaigns, whether on
the state, local, or federal level. We encourage our local congregations to follow a similar path.
Any endorsement, direct or implied, made by a local church is regrettable and is not supported by Church of God. To our knowledge the sign has been removed. While we do support a government based upon Biblical principles and we encourage our members to participate in the political process based upon their personal convictions, the single goal and purpose of the Church of God is the furtherance of the ministry of the gospel.
For tax purposes they caveat their statement, but the emphasis added (mine) says it all: “we do support agovernment based upon Biblical principles”. America doesn’t support agovernment based upon Biblical principles, but Palin’s church does.
Pastor Roger Byrd said that he had just wanted to get people thinking. He said that the message wasn’t meant to be racial or political.
“It’s simply to cause people to realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ,” he said.
When asked if he believes that Barack Obama is Muslim, Byrd said, “I don’t know. See it asks a question: Are they brothers? In other words, is he Muslim? I don’t know. He says he’s not. I hope he’s not. But I don’t know.”
“Wasn’t meant to be racial or political”, just to suggest that any heathen Muslim as president – or any other non-Christian – would run against the church’s belief in an American Christian Theocracy. Pastor Byrd asked his congregation if they should take the sign down after the initial controversy. They decided – unanimously – to keep the sign up.
Given Governor Palin’s staunch support for the church she took all of her children, where she had a laying-on of hands to get her into state office, where she accepted the blessings of witch-hunting Pastor Murthee and sang his praises – it is fair to ask if she shares her church’s belief in a Christian American Theocracy. Does she believe that American government should reflect the beliefs of all citizens, or only those who share her religious views? If she does agree with Thomas Jefferson and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, her church’s elders may want to have words with her.
But they are not likely to have to. Governor Palin has vowed from the pulpit “do her part to implement God’s will from the governor’s office.” As reported by the Associated Press earlier this month, she is as good as her word, having delivered that very speech on taxpayer expense:
What she didn’t tell worshippers gathered at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown was that her appearance that day came courtesy of Alaskan taxpayers, who picked up the $639.50 tab for her airplane tickets and per diem fees.
Since she took state office in late 2006, the governor and her family have spent more than $13,000 in taxpayer funds to attend at least 10 religious events and meetings with Christian pastors, including Franklin Graham, the son of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, records show.
No, I think the Church of God elders would be happy with Palin’s behavior in the White House. Jefferson, on the other hand, would not.