As Governor Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, announced yesterday that their 17-year old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant I could see the stark contrast between their position and that of Barack Obama.  See the Palin’s press release below:

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

Now consider what Senator Barack Obama said if confronted with one of his daughters facing an unplanned pregnancy:

“If my daughter makes a mistake, I don’t want her punished with a baby”

Wow.  So is the child a blessing or a punishment?  I think the Palins have the right attitude, and I’m glad that Bristol will have their love and support.  They fully recognize the difficulties that Bristol and the father of the child will face, but they won’t be alone.  I hope that other young people when facing a crisis pregnancy will see the same type of love and support – instead of pressure to go get an abortion in order not to be “punished with a baby.”

31 comments
  1. I agree with your take Shane. I do think that there might have been pressure (maybe unspoken but strong?) to not abort – good pressure for sure. Just hoping that there is not pressure to get married.. or pressure to keep the baby (i.e. not have the baby adopted).. there are all sorts of unhealthy parental pressures in these types of situations. Hoping that Britol will come out of this stronger and her faith more alive.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  2. I agree with your take Shane. I do think that there might have been pressure (maybe unspoken but strong?) to not abort – good pressure for sure. Just hoping that there is not pressure to get married.. or pressure to keep the baby (i.e. not have the baby adopted).. there are all sorts of unhealthy parental pressures in these types of situations. Hoping that Britol will come out of this stronger and her faith more alive.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  3. I agree with your take Shane. I do think that there might have been pressure (maybe unspoken but strong?) to not abort – good pressure for sure. Just hoping that there is not pressure to get married.. or pressure to keep the baby (i.e. not have the baby adopted).. there are all sorts of unhealthy parental pressures in these types of situations. Hoping that Britol will come out of this stronger and her faith more alive.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  4. I agree with your take Shane. I do think that there might have been pressure (maybe unspoken but strong?) to not abort – good pressure for sure. Just hoping that there is not pressure to get married.. or pressure to keep the baby (i.e. not have the baby adopted).. there are all sorts of unhealthy parental pressures in these types of situations. Hoping that Britol will come out of this stronger and her faith more alive.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  5. Shane thanks for this post. I was discussing this with some one yesterday. I think this shows exactly how much Palin values life and family. She did not degrade her daughter nor did she make light of the situation by making it sound fairy talish.

    I wondered what the situation would look like if it were Obamah’s daughter. Would they support her during her “punnishment”? (Sorry, low blow but I still can’t believe Obamah could even think such a thing.)

    I do feel very sorry for Bristol. I can not imagine how awful it would be to have your life at 17 making national headlines. She needs prayer – and alot of it. It is not easy to be an unwed mother. I may not have been 17 but I know what it’s like to find yourself single and pregnant. While you have fellings of pure joy when thinking about the beautiful child you are carrying, you are also very aware this wasn’t the plan. My son is the first time I came to value the true scope of God’s grace and mercy. You see, I knew my action was sinful. No matter how you try and spin it, premarital sex is wrong. Some sin is obvious and let me tell you at 9 months pregnant I was obvious. It felt like my sin was out there for every one to see and judge. And yet God’s response was not to punish me for my sin (mercy) but to bless me with my beautiful son (grace). I realized how God is continually showing me Romans 8:28.

    I could see part of this in Palin’s statement. Extreemists on both ends will probably not be appeased. On one side you would have those that feel she didn’t focus on the fact that premarital sex is sinful and on the other you would have those that wonder how you could force a child to have a child. It felt to me like she understands both mercy and grace.

  6. Shane thanks for this post. I was discussing this with some one yesterday. I think this shows exactly how much Palin values life and family. She did not degrade her daughter nor did she make light of the situation by making it sound fairy talish.

    I wondered what the situation would look like if it were Obamah’s daughter. Would they support her during her “punnishment”? (Sorry, low blow but I still can’t believe Obamah could even think such a thing.)

    I do feel very sorry for Bristol. I can not imagine how awful it would be to have your life at 17 making national headlines. She needs prayer – and alot of it. It is not easy to be an unwed mother. I may not have been 17 but I know what it’s like to find yourself single and pregnant. While you have fellings of pure joy when thinking about the beautiful child you are carrying, you are also very aware this wasn’t the plan. My son is the first time I came to value the true scope of God’s grace and mercy. You see, I knew my action was sinful. No matter how you try and spin it, premarital sex is wrong. Some sin is obvious and let me tell you at 9 months pregnant I was obvious. It felt like my sin was out there for every one to see and judge. And yet God’s response was not to punish me for my sin (mercy) but to bless me with my beautiful son (grace). I realized how God is continually showing me Romans 8:28.

    I could see part of this in Palin’s statement. Extreemists on both ends will probably not be appeased. On one side you would have those that feel she didn’t focus on the fact that premarital sex is sinful and on the other you would have those that wonder how you could force a child to have a child. It felt to me like she understands both mercy and grace.

  7. Shane thanks for this post. I was discussing this with some one yesterday. I think this shows exactly how much Palin values life and family. She did not degrade her daughter nor did she make light of the situation by making it sound fairy talish.

    I wondered what the situation would look like if it were Obamah’s daughter. Would they support her during her “punnishment”? (Sorry, low blow but I still can’t believe Obamah could even think such a thing.)

    I do feel very sorry for Bristol. I can not imagine how awful it would be to have your life at 17 making national headlines. She needs prayer – and alot of it. It is not easy to be an unwed mother. I may not have been 17 but I know what it’s like to find yourself single and pregnant. While you have fellings of pure joy when thinking about the beautiful child you are carrying, you are also very aware this wasn’t the plan. My son is the first time I came to value the true scope of God’s grace and mercy. You see, I knew my action was sinful. No matter how you try and spin it, premarital sex is wrong. Some sin is obvious and let me tell you at 9 months pregnant I was obvious. It felt like my sin was out there for every one to see and judge. And yet God’s response was not to punish me for my sin (mercy) but to bless me with my beautiful son (grace). I realized how God is continually showing me Romans 8:28.

    I could see part of this in Palin’s statement. Extreemists on both ends will probably not be appeased. On one side you would have those that feel she didn’t focus on the fact that premarital sex is sinful and on the other you would have those that wonder how you could force a child to have a child. It felt to me like she understands both mercy and grace.

  8. Shane thanks for this post. I was discussing this with some one yesterday. I think this shows exactly how much Palin values life and family. She did not degrade her daughter nor did she make light of the situation by making it sound fairy talish.

    I wondered what the situation would look like if it were Obamah’s daughter. Would they support her during her “punnishment”? (Sorry, low blow but I still can’t believe Obamah could even think such a thing.)

    I do feel very sorry for Bristol. I can not imagine how awful it would be to have your life at 17 making national headlines. She needs prayer – and alot of it. It is not easy to be an unwed mother. I may not have been 17 but I know what it’s like to find yourself single and pregnant. While you have fellings of pure joy when thinking about the beautiful child you are carrying, you are also very aware this wasn’t the plan. My son is the first time I came to value the true scope of God’s grace and mercy. You see, I knew my action was sinful. No matter how you try and spin it, premarital sex is wrong. Some sin is obvious and let me tell you at 9 months pregnant I was obvious. It felt like my sin was out there for every one to see and judge. And yet God’s response was not to punish me for my sin (mercy) but to bless me with my beautiful son (grace). I realized how God is continually showing me Romans 8:28.

    I could see part of this in Palin’s statement. Extreemists on both ends will probably not be appeased. On one side you would have those that feel she didn’t focus on the fact that premarital sex is sinful and on the other you would have those that wonder how you could force a child to have a child. It felt to me like she understands both mercy and grace.

  9. @ Kansas Bob – I agree with you that I hope that she isn’t being pressured into getting married, and that they were also able to discuss adoption with her. Though I’m sure that her parents reaction and support makes a decision to raise the baby a lot easier.

    @ Megan – thanks for sharing your story. Unfortunately liberals are already captitalizing on this and not following Obama’s lead to “keep the kids out of this.”

  10. @ Kansas Bob – I agree with you that I hope that she isn’t being pressured into getting married, and that they were also able to discuss adoption with her. Though I’m sure that her parents reaction and support makes a decision to raise the baby a lot easier.

    @ Megan – thanks for sharing your story. Unfortunately liberals are already captitalizing on this and not following Obama’s lead to “keep the kids out of this.”

  11. @ Kansas Bob – I agree with you that I hope that she isn’t being pressured into getting married, and that they were also able to discuss adoption with her. Though I’m sure that her parents reaction and support makes a decision to raise the baby a lot easier.

    @ Megan – thanks for sharing your story. Unfortunately liberals are already captitalizing on this and not following Obama’s lead to “keep the kids out of this.”

  12. @ Kansas Bob – I agree with you that I hope that she isn’t being pressured into getting married, and that they were also able to discuss adoption with her. Though I’m sure that her parents reaction and support makes a decision to raise the baby a lot easier.

    @ Megan – thanks for sharing your story. Unfortunately liberals are already captitalizing on this and not following Obama’s lead to “keep the kids out of this.”

  13. It would be great if families were somehow protected from the nastiness of politics.. great if candidates personal lives were kept out of the political fray.. just not the realities of Americn politics.. never has been. Here’s hoping that the candidates can take the high road as much as possible.

    Of course I do think that the candidates personal choices and judgment needs to be weighed in as well as their stands on the issues.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  14. It would be great if families were somehow protected from the nastiness of politics.. great if candidates personal lives were kept out of the political fray.. just not the realities of Americn politics.. never has been. Here’s hoping that the candidates can take the high road as much as possible.

    Of course I do think that the candidates personal choices and judgment needs to be weighed in as well as their stands on the issues.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  15. It would be great if families were somehow protected from the nastiness of politics.. great if candidates personal lives were kept out of the political fray.. just not the realities of Americn politics.. never has been. Here’s hoping that the candidates can take the high road as much as possible.

    Of course I do think that the candidates personal choices and judgment needs to be weighed in as well as their stands on the issues.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  16. @ Kansas Bob – I agree their personal life is a reflection of their character which is important to gauge whether or not they are going to be a good candidate.

    To condemn Sarah Palin based on Bristol’s decision is a mistake because those of us with kids know that no matter how much we train them in godliness ultimately they are free moral agents and sometimes will make choices that go against our values. So I think kids’ behavior is off the table – the only time I would even consider it is if you see a pattern of this in several kids. Then we could agrue – if they can’t manage their own family, how can they manage a city, state or country. I don’t think that is the case here though.

    @Foxfier – praying that it will be a healthy marriage which will be off to a rocky start. Hope they invest in premarital counseling.

  17. @ Kansas Bob – I agree their personal life is a reflection of their character which is important to gauge whether or not they are going to be a good candidate.

    To condemn Sarah Palin based on Bristol’s decision is a mistake because those of us with kids know that no matter how much we train them in godliness ultimately they are free moral agents and sometimes will make choices that go against our values. So I think kids’ behavior is off the table – the only time I would even consider it is if you see a pattern of this in several kids. Then we could agrue – if they can’t manage their own family, how can they manage a city, state or country. I don’t think that is the case here though.

    @Foxfier – praying that it will be a healthy marriage which will be off to a rocky start. Hope they invest in premarital counseling.

  18. @ Kansas Bob – I agree their personal life is a reflection of their character which is important to gauge whether or not they are going to be a good candidate.

    To condemn Sarah Palin based on Bristol’s decision is a mistake because those of us with kids know that no matter how much we train them in godliness ultimately they are free moral agents and sometimes will make choices that go against our values. So I think kids’ behavior is off the table – the only time I would even consider it is if you see a pattern of this in several kids. Then we could agrue – if they can’t manage their own family, how can they manage a city, state or country. I don’t think that is the case here though.

    @Foxfier – praying that it will be a healthy marriage which will be off to a rocky start. Hope they invest in premarital counseling.

  19. @ Kansas Bob – I agree their personal life is a reflection of their character which is important to gauge whether or not they are going to be a good candidate.

    To condemn Sarah Palin based on Bristol’s decision is a mistake because those of us with kids know that no matter how much we train them in godliness ultimately they are free moral agents and sometimes will make choices that go against our values. So I think kids’ behavior is off the table – the only time I would even consider it is if you see a pattern of this in several kids. Then we could agrue – if they can’t manage their own family, how can they manage a city, state or country. I don’t think that is the case here though.

    @Foxfier – praying that it will be a healthy marriage which will be off to a rocky start. Hope they invest in premarital counseling.

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