April 24, 2024

Not Just Any Woman

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Can A Woman Be President

So, according to what we’ve looked into, a woman can be Constitutionally elected to the position of President of the United States.  The reason that she can is because of what happened in the Equal Rights Amendment.  At that stage, women and people of color were able to be declared full citizens, and that made it possible for a woman to hold the office of President.

However, the other restrictions still apply.  She must be a natural-born citizen, or around when the Constitution was adopted.  She must be over the age of 35.  She must be chosen by the majority of the votes of the Electoral College.

In today’s world, she must also win the nomination from one of the two “ruling parties.”  Though I hope that this will one day come to an end.

But now that we’ve answered the question of whether she can be president, there’s still one issue left to discuss.  Not should a woman be President– although this is an interesting one so far as Scripture goes.  I don’t tend to believe that Biblical injunctions against woman leaders apply to the secular realm.  I do believe that it applies to the family– so I don’t know how a married woman can be a leader and still be in submission to her husband!

But the government of the United States is not a church.  She doesn’t have to keep silent, and the leader does not have to be a man.  Whether it is better for a man to be it is still an open question to me.  Also, the whole question needs to be framed in context with the other nominees.  There are some women that I would personally prefer over some men.

However, being a Christian, I believe that the last qualification for President must be that the person is the right person for the right time.  That can only be decided by God above.

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  1. You are correct when you say the government is not a church. However, the Scriptures are not silent upon how we as Christians are supposed to deal with that government and principles upon which we are to desire it to operate. It DOES deal with questions like what sort of qualifications we are to look for before casting our votes. No, there are no “Thou shalt” commands…but there are principles, precepts, and normative examples of what God desires in leaders. These just require more work to flesh out. Here are some links to articles that have significant Biblical justification for what we should look for in our leaders (they are a bit lengthy and will require significant thought and pondering to understand, but it’s an important subject).

    And before anyone jumps to conclusions, ranting and raving, please consider how we are to approach the relationship between Bible and life. We are NOT to seek to conform Scripture and its inspired principles to the culture, but rather we are to seek to conform our lives to Scripture, regardless of the short term pragmatic impact it may have within the culture. (Voting for the “lesser of two evils” rather than the sure-to-lose candidate who best fits Scriptural qualifications comes to mind as a practical example.) You may not like the conclusions of this author, but if you are a believer, you still must deal with the Scripture and Scriptural principles he raises.

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