Apparently Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has yet another beef with the McCain campaign. The staffers assigned to her didn’t pray with her prior to her debate against Vice President Joe Biden, then a U.S. Senator from Delaware.
Speaking before a GOP dinner in Alaska on Friday, Gov. Palin said:
So I’m looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra,” she said of the moments before the debate. “And the McCain campaign, love ’em, you know, they’re a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray.
What’s interesting from the video of Gov. Palin telling the anecdote is that she seems to believe that her debate with Vice President Biden was an event where she needed God to speak through her. (The implication of course is that God wouldn’t speak through her without prayer or that if God granted her prayer, Vice President wouldn’t be so blessed.)
Not only is this bad politics — is God really a Republican, a Democrat or for that matter, an American? — it’s also bad theology in my view.
Personally, I am someone who takes Jesus’s words in Matthew 6: 5-6. I wish Gov. Palin did. Jesus said:
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.