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I was just reading Proverbs this morning and came across 28:5: “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all things.”

The Hebrew word translated “justice” (shaphat) can also mean or be translated “judgment,” or what is “right.”

Because I love to stay on top of current events, my mind made an application of this verse to the irrational, vicious hatred of Sarah Palin, soon to be former Governor of Alaska.

Why the hatred? First of all, almost all of us have been guilty of hating another person at one point or another. But to remain in that state for very long invites wickedness into our hearts, doesn’t it?

Thus, someone who continually hates another at some point could by definition be labled “wicked” if they’re not careful.

This woman has been by all accounts (by Democrats and by Republicans) an outstanding reformer of corruption and she also has been excellent for Alaska in improving its economy and quality of life.

She had the character to give birth to a Down’s Syndrome baby when the easy way out would have been to abort.

She stands for traditional values across the board and could accurately be described politically as a Reagan Republican.

She is also a committed Christian. But almost out of the gate when she was announced as a Vice-Presidential candidate, the media went after her with a vengeance and political operatives filed all kinds of frivolous ethics charges against her.

Even after Barak Obama and Joe Biden defeated John McCain and Palin, the Palin haters could not stop spewing their hatred against her.

In so doing, they betrayed a profound lack of understanding of the basic human value of loving others.

Sarah Palin never did anything personal to these haters; instead of respecting her for what she stands for (even if they disagree), they’ve chosen to continue in their hatred.

It was highly ironic that the National Organization for Women never came out to defend her — especially so in light of the fact that she is only the second female candidate ever to run for Vice-President.

And very few of the pundits on the left came to her defense when she was inundated by very sexist attacks against her as well.  Some of the additional attacks were so vile it is not worth repeating here.

Thus, again, by definition these haters label themselves to be evil and, according to this verse in Proverbs, they do not understand what is right.

I write this, in part, to expose what is wrong and to defend a sister in Christ. If you encounter a Palin hater, ask the person: “What is in your heart that you would so hate a person that you do not even know?”

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Have you ever heard someone positively use the phrase about another Christian, that he or she “doesn’t just ‘talk the talk, but walks the walk'”?

Conversely, I’ve heard people say the opposite: “so-and-so talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk!”

I’ve always believed that the world — and the Church — deserves the very best a Christian can give; do you agree?

When we give people that kind of a “walk,” we’re in effect “practicing” authentic Christianity. I use the term “practicing” because although we wish it could be the case, at some points, we fall short in our striving for maturity.

Thus, it takes a daily, courageous embracing of the cross, a renewing of our minds and time spent with the Lord to practice authentic Christianity. Few things in life are more enjoyable and fulfilling when we honor the Lord in this way!

I think the first part of practicing authentic Christianity is to live out the following, from 1 John 2:3-6:

3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he bides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

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