Should Christians Vote for a Woman President?
As the 2012 election approaches there is a lot of talk about potential candidates.
Who will be the next United States president? Will a woman make history by being elected? Perhaps it is too early to decide. However, it is not too early to discuss the
possibility. And more importantly, what biblical stand should Christian people take on the matter. Does God’s Word address such issues?
God ordained three institutions upon this earth. He ordained the family, the
church, and government. The Scriptures are clear about the hierarchy within the family. The husband is the head of the family; the wife is to submit to him as unto the Lord; and the children are to honor and obey their parents. (Ephesians 5:33-6:3)
The Scriptures are clear about the hierarchy within the church. I Timothy 2: 9-15 and I Corinthians 14:33-35 explains this clearly. Men are to be the spiritual leaders not only within their home but also within the church. I realize that even within Christian circles today that this is not taught. However, the authority of the Scriptures still stands. We can accept the truth or deny the truth, but we cannot change it. So if God has established men to lead in the institution of the home and within the church.
Why then, would we think that God would not have a hierarchy within the
institution of government?
When tackling the subject of women in political leadership, often Christian’s will point to two particular passages in the Bible – Esther and Deborah. Esther is the heroine of the Old Testament book named after her. She was the young Jewish Queen of the Persian King Ahasuerus. She was responsible for saving her people from mass slaughter. Esther was placed in her position, “for such a
time as this.” (Esther 4:14) The account of Deborah is found in the book of Judges Chapter 4. She was a prophetess who judged her people. She was the only female judge of Israel. Deborah led a successful attack against Jabin, the King of Canaan.
Those that contend that God is pleased with women in leadership often use these examples from history. In looking at the story of Esther it is important to remember that she did not have a choice in the matter. She was not seeking a position of political leadership. She did not purposely forsake her family in order to become Queen. She was not given an option. Look at Deborah from Judges Chapter 4, many others will say. God used her to lead the nation of Israel to great victory. This is a convincing argument other than the fact that people forget to take the story in context. When you look at the whole passage contextually the children of Israel “did
evil in the sight of the Lord,” (Judges 4:1). God was not pleased with them and put them in bondage. It was a shame to the men of Israel for a woman to judge over them. Isaiah 3:11-12 says, “Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their
oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” There is a lot to this passage. But simply put, God gave the wicked people what they wanted. It could be that God, in His sovereignty, will allow a woman President. Romans Chapter 13 tells us that there is no power but of God. God Himself will place our next President. But Christians must remember that sometimes God gives His people what they want, not what is best for them, (I Samuel Chapter 8).
When sharing this view with a young lady, the other day, I was asked, “What if the vote comes down between an unrighteous man for President and a Christian woman?” Wouldn’t we have to vote for a woman in this case? Many believe that we must often choose the “lesser of two evils.” The assumption is that God will not give His people the right option. However, I believe that God always gives His people a way to make the right choice, (I Corinthians 10:13). It was John Quincy Adams that said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
Whether we are speaking about the home, the church, or government, the issue has never been if women were capable of leading. Of course women are capable of
leading. There are many talented women who have a great gift of administration.
The issue has never been if they were smart enough. There are many women who are well educated and skilled above even men. The issue has never been if they could
lead. It is true that there are women that could lead very well. But these are not the issues. The biblical issue is whether women should lead. Christian people can rationalize woman leading in the home, in the churches and within our government. However, they cannot from the Scriptures establishthat th is is God will. He did not design women to lead in any of the institutions He has ordained. The fictitious principle is just not there. The modern feminist movement has caused many
Christian’s to err. I pray that we will lay aside this fallacy and come back to Scripture. May the pure Words of God be our standard for our beliefs.
God’s Sovereignty and My Clear Conscience
With less than two months away from our countries Presidential election, political talk is everywhere! Everyone has an opinion; including this right-winged, Republican voting, Conservative, Christian, homeschooling mother of three and beloved wife. So here it is….but let me warn you…..put on your thick-skin and be prepared to be challenged, because after weeks of praying, seeking, and researching that is exactly what I’ve been - challenged!
Like most Conservative Christians I felt a tiny glimpse of hope a few weeks ago when Sarah Palin was selected to run with John McCain on the Republican ticket. I couldn’t help but feel like I finally would have a voice in the White House. The traditionalist within me was excited about a pro-life, pro-family woman on the GOP ticket. In my eyes, her political track record was rock solid. I agreed with everything she was saying. To be quite honest, this situation eased my conscience. After all, now I wouldn’t have to vote for the lesser of two evils. I can cast a vote for Sarah Palin!
Daniel Webster was once asked a question, ‘What is the greatest thought that ever passed through your mind?’ His remarkable response was, ‘My accountability to God.’ It was then when I started contemplating on just that - my accountability to God - that my once eased conscience began to feel guilty. What would a vote for Sarah Palin be saying? And, if I did vote Republican would I even be voting for Sarah Palin?
I’ll answer the latter question first. To begin with, John McCain is running for President, not Sarah Palin. Most evangelical Christians highly respect Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family. Here is what he said in February about John McCain:
“I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language,” Dobson wrote.
“I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has sounded at times more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP caucus in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry’s running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does NOT make the medicine go down. I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.
“But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should Sen. McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life.
“These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I am affiliated. They do reflect my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country.”
What strong words spoken by this influential personality just a few months ago! But now, Dr. Dobson has gone on the record to say that he joins the millions of pro-life Americans who are now energized about John McCain because of the selection of Sarah Palin. Energized about John McCain - I think that would be pushing it. What’s happening is that millions of pro-life Americans will now compromise for the lesser of two evils just to win an election. In other words, the ends really do justify the means. But do they? Senator McCain is an opportunist and he saw a chance to rally the Neocons and the undecided women. That’s all. Does he have the same moral convictions of Palin? Are all of these millions that are “energized” for the Republican Party doing their research? It wouldn’t take long to look at his record and see their opposing views. How much good could Palin do as Vice-President? Can a divided house stand?
Secondly, what would a vote for Sarah Palin be saying about my own pro-family stance? From the moment of her selection, my heart instantly went out for her. Here is this accomplished woman fighting for conservative values and sacrificing her own family. She has five precious children given to her by God. She has a pregnant teenage daughter who desperately needs a present mother. She has a special needs child who is just a few months old. She has a husband who needs a helpmeet. Dear Sarah, I can’t hear what you’re saying because your actions are too loud. She is called to be a wife. She is called to be a mother. That much I know for sure based upon the Word of God. Whether or not she’s called of God to save this nation I cannot tell.
I’ve heard all the arguments. God can use women and has many times in history. Look at how God used Esther and placed her in a high position for “just a time as this”. To which my response is that Esther wasn’t given a choice. She wasn’t seeking the position placed upon her. She didn’t forsake a family in order to “do the will of God”. Look at Deborah from Judges Chapter 4, many others will say. God used her to lead the nation of Israel to great victory. A convincing argument other than the fact that no children are mentioned in Deborah’s life. Once again, you do not have a woman forsaking her God-given role to fulfill another one. What amazes me is that Christians will pull out examples like these from the Bible to justify a woman leading this nation yet entirely over look passages like the one found in Isaiah 3:11-12
“Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
God ordained three institutions upon this earth. He ordained the family, the church, and government. The Scriptures are clear about the hierarchy within the family. The husband is the head of the family; the wife is to submit to him as unto the Lord; and then the children are to honor and obey their parents. (Ephesians 5:33-6:3) The Scriptures are clear about the hierarchy within the church. I Timothy 2: 9-15 and I Corinthians 14:33-35 explains this clearly. Why then, would we think that God would not have a hierarchy within the institution of government?
Thomas Jefferson said, “I never believed there was one code of morality for a public and another for a private man.” You see, here is my dilemma. My political stand and my Biblical and moral views must line up. I cannot in good conscience say I’ll vote the Republican ticket. John McCain is not conservative. He does not hold my moral or Biblical views. I’m tired of compromising. I’m tired of handing over my country to the majority party. I’m tired of pragmatism. And, as much as I love Sarah Palin as a sister in Christ, I still can’t in good conscience cast my vote for a McCain/Palin ticket.
Just because the majority of evangelicals are convinced that the ends will justify the means, does not mean that I am. The fallacy in their thinking is that we cannot afford to lose this election. A loss for McCain means a win for Obama. Despite the fact that in a two party election this is true, it does not change the facts. First of all, God is sovereign. He is in control. Who am I to say who God wants as President of the United States? Romans Chapter 13 tells us that there is no power but of God. God Himself will place our next President. Not my vote, not yours. Am I willing to compromise my only voice on an election that is already determined? If McCain and Palin win the election I will pray for them daily and honor them as unto the Lord. If that is the case, maybe by God’s grace we will see some good come from the integrity of the vice-president? If Obama and Biden win the election I will likewise pray daily for them and honor them. And, I’ll cry out to God for mercy upon our once great nation. I fear greatly for our country if that is the case. I’ve often wondered just what it would take to turn this country back to God. In either case, it just might be the next election. But regardless, my duty as a Child of God is to stand strong, have faith in Him, and vote my conscience.
My Christian duty and my conscience tell me that I must, absolutely must vote for a candidate that is a Christian. Secondly, I must vote for a man to lead this country who is pro-family and pro-life. I must vote for a man who believes in traditional marriage between one man and one woman. I must vote for a strong constitutionalist who believes in the 2nd amendment, security of our borders, and personal freedoms granted by God to raise and educate our children. Does voting for a woman vice-president candidate on half of a ticket cancel out the vote we would be casting for a liberal, non-conservative President? Could we ever justify it enough? These are issues that I am not willing to compromise on. And God help us when we as His people do!
John Quincy Adams said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
So, I’ll see you at the polls this year, and like all the others before, I’ll vote. But, for the first time in my life I’ll not be casting a ballot for the Republican Party. My loyalties lie on principle not on party and as I vote for the third party (The Constitution Party and Chuck Baldwin; a devote Baptist minister and rock solid conservative) I’ll rest assured that my vote will not be lost, that God is sovereign and my conscience is clear!