Sunday, 7 June 2009
Bold Sarah Palin
I wasn't the only person to notice Sarah Palin's emphasis on the word bold in her speech introducing Michael Reagan.
"So I have the honor of getting to speak with you for a bit here before I get to introduce to you Michael Reagan, and what I want to do in introducing Michael is to continue to encourage him to continue to be bold .
We want him to be bold. We need him to be bold.
So I join you in speaking up and asking the questions and taking action, and here at home in my beloved Alaska I just say, politically speaking, if I die, I die. I'll know that I have spoken up and I will speak up to thank people like Mr. Reagan as we honor his dad, to encourage you too, Alaskans, to do the same and don't just hang in there and go along to get along but stand up and speak up, and be bold and demand that Washington be prudent with our public monies and prioritize for America's security, and forget the political correctness that makes one guard your conversation, and couch our words so cautiously that they lose meaning, and we lose effectiveness, and then we lose hope because we start thinking that politicians are only worried about their poll numbers and attracting campaign contributions for their next bid so that they can hold on to some title and some position."
If you wish to hear how she emphasises the word, here's a link to the audio file.
She used the word before:
...raising eyebrows is the governor’s relationship with an African cleric linked to an anti-witchcraft crusade. This past June, Palin recalled how Bishop Thomas Muthee prayed over her, calling his words “bold” and “awesome.” A 2005 video shows Muthee laying hands on Palin, praying that “every form of witchcraft . . . will be rebuked in the name of Jesus.”
I decided to google the words "evangelical", "pentecostal" and "bold".
The results were interesting.
1) To be the best that I can be, always live for God and be a bold witness for Him in everything I do while showing the love of Christ to those all around me.
2) Lutheran women who act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ are everywhere and come from all walks of life.
Bold Women’s Day celebrates all the Lutheran women and the many and diverse ways in which we act boldly on our faith in Jesus Christ.
3) I am with Jesus now.
What's my Name? My name is Stephen. I was a Bold witness for God.
May you be blessed and encouraged by my story.
4) Jennifer was bold in her witness and full of grace and mercy as she called sinners to repentance.
5) ARISE, Men and Women of Faith! Be a bold witness for Jesus Christ.
6) "...but the righteous are bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1
BOLD CHRISTIAN TEE-SHIRTS
Believers of the Lamb Divine Evangelical Ministries
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8) Book title:
Lessons in Bold Faith from Great Evangelical Leaders
9) Monday Midwinter Speaker Calls for Bold Action
Clive Calver, president of World Relief International, challenged those attending Monday night's opening worship service of the Evangelical Covenant Church Midwinter Pastors Conference to act boldly and care deeply about the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
10) Anglican Evangelical Assembly Calls for Bold Mission as Modern Witnesses
11) The article examined evangelical’s “bold take on Christianity” and concluded that it is “changing America.”
12) Young evangelicals: Bold and united
13) Hundreds of young people are united to start an evangelistic and holistic youth movement BOLD TO SHINE since the ones who were killed had had a vision for Estonian Christian youth to be BOLD TO SHINE. Please, pray that God's Spirit would work at and through the young hearts and lives of BOLD TO SHINE
14) Here's what they don't tell you in evangelism training: Being a bold witness doesn't matter if no one is listening.
15) The "Bold Local and Global Witness" section is a call for us to reclaim our evangelical roots.
16) Summary — A day in the life of a Pentecostal may include:
• A Spirit-prompted, bold speaking forth for the Lord.
17) Be Bold and Courageous!
The term "bold witness" has foundation in the bible and is widely used to refer to people who "saw" the light and wish to spread the word of Jesus and the Holy Spirit "boldly" to anybody who will listen... or not.
There were loads more results. Perhaps I'm reading too much into Sarah Palin's use of the word "bold" and it doesn't have any particular significance, but it still seems to be a favourite adjective among evangelical and pentecostal followers.