Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sarah Palin's god of wealth

Many people believe Sarah Palin is true to her word, that she leads a life dedicated to God. Yes, she does, but the name of her god is Mammon.

It's OK, her chosen church embraces Mammon:

Prosperity theology (also known as prosperity doctrine, the health and wealth gospel, or the prosperity gospel) is a Christian religious belief whose proponents claim has tens of millions of adherents, primarily in the United States, centered on the notion that God provides material prosperity for those he favors. It has been defined by the belief that "Jesus blesses believers with riches" or more specifically as the teaching that "believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the 'sowing of seeds' through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings." In the words of journalist Hanna Rosin, the prosperity gospel "is not a clearly defined denomination, but a strain of belief that runs through the Pentecostal Church and a surprising number of mainstream evangelical churches, with varying degrees of intensity." It arose in the United States after World War II championed by Oral Roberts and became particularly popular in the decade of the 1990s.

Sarah Palin stepped up the use of religion as a marketing tool and accessorizes accordingly.

Just to be on the safe side, she sports a Star of David as well.

The God she invokes gives her assurances, the certainty that she was chosen for something special, from being the mother of a child with Down syndrome to leading the country. He also made her very rich.

Many politicians have jumped on the religion bandwagon, seeking power and prosperity.

Is it a coincidence that the very same politicians will go to any lengths to protect the corporations, the modern day personification of Mammon?