Writer Sarah Posner recently examined Alaska Governor Sarah Palin childhood church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, in an article published September 11, 2008 on Salon.com. The following is an excerpt from Posner’s article … ~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad
In June, Sarah Palin took the stage at the Wasilla Assembly of God, a deeply conservative Pentecostal church. The excitable Alaskan governor told a graduating class of missionary students that it “was so cool growing up in this church, getting saved here, getting baptized.” She went on to declare that her son Track will deploy to Iraq, and urged students to pray “that our leaders, that our national leaders, are sending [soldiers] out on a task that is from God.” She added: “That’s what we have to make sure that we are praying for — that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”
One big question about Palin is how that deterministic view of God’s will in world affairs influences her decision-making on issues ranging from the Middle East to the environment, sexuality to education. What is not in doubt is that her addition to the Republican ticket has fired up the religious right and the party’s most conservative base.
The McCain campaign has downplayed Palin’s Pentecostal roots. But as her testimony at the Wasilla Assembly of God demonstrates, she is motivated by the idea that godly forces are locked in spiritual warfare with satanic forces. For many with a Pentecostal upbringing like Palin’s, fighting that battle is part of God’s plan for the end of days, when war will end the world as we know it, Jesus will come back, and non-Christians will convert or perish.