Palin & The Power of the Small Ones

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Palin & The Power of the Small Ones

My work of integrating faith and culture is not primarily political and this is not meant to be a partisan political commentary. But I do feel compelled to comment on Sarah Palin’s speech because it illustrates a few elements necessary for understanding the true nature of power and how God distributed it.

Here are some of the themes I see at work in what is happening with Palin (and Obama for that matter).

1) Every human being is created in God’s image and is responsible for developing their unique capabilities in ways that glorify God.
2) True power resides in these God imaged individuals whose power is released and becomes evident when they express their uniqueness.
3) Because humans are geographically distributed, this power can be found wherever humans are found. Bloom where you are planted!

These truths were taken by our founding fathers to be self evident and are also evident in every page of Biblical revelation.

In today’s fallen world we have forgotten these truths.

We believe power resides in places and the people in those places. The media, politicians and the wealthy are the powerful we are led to believe, and they reside in specific places ~ New York, LA, Chicago, Wall Street, Hollywood to name a few.

Today’s evangelical world has fallen into this trap and regularly develops strategies aimed at the powerful in powerful places.

I remember a few years ago when George Barna identified the centers of cultural influence, concluding that the church did not rate very high. He shared a plan to work with large churches (also believed to be the center of power) in strategic cities (coinciding with the “world’s list” of strategic places) to recruit the brightest and the best next-generation evangelical leadership prospects to mentor them and help them enter the most powerful educational institutions (Harvard, Stanford, Yale) so they could enter the most powerful positions in the most powerful companies in the most powerful cities I the world.

I remember telling George that of the national book award winners I had interviewed, most were from small out of the way places and most hadn’t attended the best schools. They came out of nowhere, riding on the strength of their talent, internal sense of calling and desire to express who they were in their work, starting where they were in some small, out of the way farming community tucked away in some unknown village in the Midwest.

Regardless of your politics, this is surely the most important lesson from Sarah Palin’s debut as a national and global presence.

Here is what FERGUS SHANAHAN of London’s The Sun newspaper observed.

[“A WEEK ago nobody had ever heard of her.

Today she is the most talked-about woman in the world. And with good reason.

Sarah Palin’s sensational performance at the Republican Party Convention may turn out to be the tipping point of this rollercoaster American election.

Obama fans hoping she would fluff her big night were in for a nasty shock. This speech has turned the election upside down.

It was simply stunning.

Democrats and their Lefty media backers had been sneering that she was a small town nobody, a hick from the Alaskan sticks put into a job way beyond an inexperienced woman.

Believe me, you will not be hearing that again.’]

I am sharing these thoughts with you because I believe cultural transformation begins with personal transformation, and personal transformation happens in individuals who get a sense of their own power ~ It starts with you.

Do you recognize that God’s image is imprinted on your life?

Do you see that each of us hold common dimensions of Gods image ~ spiritual, intellectual, creative, relational and moral?

Do you grasp that these common dimensions are imprinted uniquely on you because you possess distinctive talents, capacities and experiences that make you the only one of you?

Do you believe that your job is to discover, develop and express your special genius starting where you are and to God’s glory?

Do you recognize that this is the true nature of power?

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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