Senator John McCain surprised much of the country yesterday, announcing Sarah Palin as his running mate in the upcoming November elections. I was surprised too. The historic move was obviously a strategic grab at women votes, but from what I know about the Alaskan governor, she can offer much more to our country.
I do not care to offer any sort of endorsement for a political candidate in the blogosphere. After watching parts of the Democratic National Convention and news clips of speeches throughout the election season, I have grown tired of the whole thing. But the news about Governor Palin was different. Why?
Sarah Palin is a mother of five, including Trig Paxon Van Palin. Trig was born on April 18, 2008 with an extra chromosome. Down Syndrome. You have to understand that raising a child with Down Syndrome while having a political career is difficult. In fact, it is difficult for any family. With the news that Sarah had in December before her son was born–this news that her child will likely have Down Syndrome–she knew having her son would change her life and possibly put her career on hold. Al Mohler wrote about this a few months ago. In that blog article, Mohler says:
The Palins never considered aborting the baby. That means that Trig Palin is now is a very rare group of very special children [up to 90 percent of all Down Syndrome pregnancies end in abortion], because it is now believed that the vast majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth are being aborted.
Gov. Palin chose to have the baby. She and her husband never considered abortion. Like every human being born since the Fall, I know Gov. Palin is a sinner. I know she makes mistakes. I doubt her political goals are 100 percent dedicated to the glory of God. But, at least in this circumstance, I know that she loved her son, Trig, enough to give him a chance to live and be enjoyed by her family. I know that she looks at her son like any mother should and adores him. Sure he has an extra chromosome. Sure it will be difficult. But just like you and me and every person who has been born, Trig bears the image of God and has a right to his life, to give us hope, to show us the wonder and beauty of a child with Down Syndrome, and to enjoy the world as well.
I do not know if Gov. Sarah Palin is a perfect choice for vice president. Often politics and law disappoint us. But at least one politician has made a beautiful choice: she knowingly gave birth to her son, Trig. She is committed to seeing more children avoid abortion, and so am I. So no matter how bleak the contemporary political scene gets, there is at least one thing I hope comes to pass in my lifetime. That one thing is to see an end to abortion and to see God honored and glorified in the birth of every precious child, like Trig Paxon Van Palin.