On Nov. 16, 2009, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will air what is being advertised as Oprah’s world exclusive interview with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Regardless of your thoughts on Sarah Palin or Oprah Winfrey, there is very little doubt that this interview is anticipated to receive very high rankings and will capture the attention of many Americans. Palin will appear on “Oprah” on the release of her forthcoming book, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” The book skyrocketed to No. 1 on Amazon weeks before it was released.
What should Oprah ask Sarah?
I think many American women hope that Oprah will ask if Sarah will run for president and that Oprah will also ask Sarah to share some new details of why she resigned as governor. I would like to hear Oprah ask Sarah about some of the foundations for her political convictions. Maybe Oprah will also ask Sarah, “Who are some individuals (either dead or living) that you look to for inspiration as a model for principles and political theory?”
We know that Palin is dissatisfied with the current administration, and I would like Sarah to share with Oprah’s audience why she is troubled by our current economic strategy – the reasons why she believes that American’s government should become smaller. Where does Palin believe government needs to cut spending? How does she think America can reduce our record deficit and become stronger financially?
I would like to hear Oprah ask Sarah, “If you had been in office as vice president, would you lead as a pragmatist who would adjust your principles and values to opinion polls and ‘whatever is working,’ or would you stick to your convictions and principles, regardless of the results?” It is best that our country’s leadership stick to moral principles – regardless of popular opinion, polls and wishy-washy pragmatism. Ultimately, truth will work, regardless of whether it is popular.
It would be revealing to hear the ladies’ contrasting views on “women and abortion.” When do Sarah and Oprah believe human life begins? Would Sarah like to see Roe v. Wade overturned? And, what are her thoughts on government funding of embryonic stem-cell research?
Perhaps, Oprah could ask Sarah about her view on health-care reform and what she believes is the government’s proper function in health care.
Also, maybe Sarah will have the opportunity to share with Oprah some of her hopes and strategies for our military and for making the world a safer place.
What should Sarah ask Oprah?
I would like to hear Sarah ask Oprah, “Why do Hollywood and media elites overwhelmingly endorse and support ‘left-leaning’ candidates?”
Maybe the topic could be brought up, “Should women be conservative?” Sarah should ask Oprah, “Why do you believe women should be liberal?” Maybe Oprah could touch on why many liberal elites were vehemently opposed to the idea of Sarah leading in a government role. In response, I would like hear Sarah’s reasons for why she believes women should be conservative.
Oprah has said that she is more into “spirituality” than religion, because religion includes “doctrines and beliefs.” If through Barack Obama, government’s role is expanding, and most liberals believe government and religion should be separate, does Oprah believe that religion should be shrinking in America?
A question that might be illuminating would be, “What is the government’s basis for making laws?” Is morality ever absolute and rooted in God’s nature? Although I have a lot of respect for Oprah as a person, I think there are some serious problems with Oprah’s moral relativism. I hope that Sarah, like Martin Luther King Jr., will share that morality is ultimately dependent on God, rather than individuals or cultures. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Some things in this universe are absolute. The God of the universe has made it so. And so long as we adopt this relative attitude toward right and wrong, we’re revolting against the very laws of God himself.”
Although I’m not sure exactly what will be included in the interview, I hope Sarah will take a stand on moral principles such as democracy over socialism, that our nation, regardless of past sins, has been and will continue to be a beacon of freedom and example for the rest of the world. I hope that Sarah will continue to take a stand that the basis of morality is the nature and character of God, the Creator, that human life begins at conception and that every person is created in the image of God. I hope that these two ladies will dig into the “big issues” that really matter. I am looking forward to watching this interview myself and encourage you to share your thoughts.
Renowned Christian apologists Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett are co-authors of the novel, “‘O’ God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality.”