Choose What’s Right… Come What May

The other day I watched a movie (you can watch it online here for free) called Choose What’s Right, Come What May that is well worth watching prior to the election on November 4th.  The title epitomizes what every Christian should be considering as they approach this election.  The principals outlined in this movie apply to so many issues that we as a nation are facing today but especially applicable to the election that will take place in just 3 days.

The 2008 election is going to make history as either having the first black President or the first female Vice President.  Regardless of which party wins, this election will have far reaching consequences that will forever change this country, the family and the Church.

Making the right choice often brings hardship because it requires standing up and going against the current.  As Christians we need to stand strong and be driven by God’s Word not culture.  Unfortunately, the church today is more culture driven than it is Biblically driven.  That is apparent in how most churches operate today.

Evangelicals that were once skeptical of McCain and his positions on key issues, were hesitant to back him.  Hesitant that is, until he made the strategically brilliant (which undeniably was brilliant) move in choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.  On the surface this wouldn’t seem wrong, afterall, women should be able to do anything a man does and women can lead just as effectively as a man right? Well, just as the name of my blog “Thinking Outside The Box” would indicate, my position on this is against the mainstream evangelical position.

My position is not any different with Sarah Palin than it was when Hillary Clinton was a potential presidential candidate.  To sum it up, I view Scripture as the guideline to determine my position as to the role of women and that is that women are not to be in a position of authority over men, therefore Mrs. Palin is Biblically unqualified to be the Vice President.  In spite of Mrs. Palin’s “conservative” position on several issues, the reality is that she is a feminist.  Mrs. Palin was very clear in her statement at the National Press Conference with John McCain as to what her position is as a feminist.

To serve as vice president beside such a man would be the privilege of a lifetime. And it’s fitting that this trust has been given to me 88 years almost to the day after the women of America first gained the right to vote. I think — I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and, of course, Senator Hillary Clinton who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign. It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America, but it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.

First we must look at the rebellion born in the Garden and which continued it’s destructive path to destroy God’s design for the roles of men and women.  This was feminism and by its very nature is in fact rebellion against God’s beautiful and deliberate design for the family.  In His design if you look at the order of His creation,  He first gave man dominion over all the earth.  Therefore, since woman was not yet created, He gave headship first to man, this is not shared.  It was only then He created woman to be a helpmeet to man because He saw it was good that man should not be alone.  He did not create woman to be less than man but instead created her to fulfill a different role.

We must evaluate the purpose and nature of feminism. It is without a doubt,  anti-family and socialistic and its roots can be found in Marxism.  As you will note on that link, one of the key points of Marxism is the destruction of the family because it is oppresses women to unpaid domestic labor and represents capitalism.  With feminism so entrenched in Marxism, how then can “Conservative” be attached in any way to feminism.  That would be an oxymoron and they cannot equally coexist.  Do not be deceived into thinking that conservativism is influencing feminism, the opposite is true.  Just as culture now influences the church, feminism has influenced conservatism.  Conservative Feminism is all the more insidious and the arch enemy of the Christian family.

Evangelicals have sought hard to justify their approval of Mrs. Palin even going as far as their proclamation that because Scripture does not specifically say that women can not be civil magistrates and only indicates the role of women in the church and the home, support of Mrs. Palin is not out of order.  This approach to interpreting Scripture is like a Bible bingo game in which each verse might mean something different to each person that reads it.  If that was truly the case then the Bible would be useless to all that read it.  We must go back to the Bible in its entire context to evaluate the role of women period.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16-17 (KJV)

In this familiar verse, the first word “all” indicates that because all of it was given by inspiration of God that it all must be taken as a whole in interpretation and because God who is perfect, is the author and His perfection demands that there can be no contradictions or confusion.  We have to be careful that we don’t base our interpretation on what feels right or how culture deems we should interpret the text.  It is imperative that we take a hermeneutical approach to interpretation.  If each verse did not have an intended meaning then we could not depend on our interpretion to be anything other than our opinion.  We would not be “throughly furnished”, therefore we would be confused and God is not the author of confusion.

The Bible very clearly and repeatedly outlines God’s design for women.  It is clear on the order of submission, Man to God, Woman to Man, Children to parents etc.  How then is it possible that it would be appropriate for a woman to be in a position of authority over man in the civil arena but not at home or in the Church?  As Vice President or President a woman would be in authority over her husband as the leader of a nation.

When you look at God’s design, woman has a great deal of influence within marriage, but that influence is not to usurp the authority God gave to man.  In light of that, man is going to be accountable to God not woman for the decisions he makes, not the woman.  Women are to raise up good leaders not become one.  They are to train their daughters and other young women in their realm of influence to become the women God desires them to be not what culture and feminism dictates that they should be.  Her family is to be first, contrary to popular belief, women cannot do it all.  Look at how frazzled women today are trying to do it all.  We are more stressed than ever before and the stress has resulted in troubled children.  We cannot possibly invest the time we should in nurturing and educating our children.

With that said, lets look at Mrs. Palin from a pro-family perspective.  Is she first and foremost fulfilling her roles as wife and mother before her role as a civil magistrate?  With all the obligations required of woman in these positions can she truly meet the needs of her husband and children before meeting the needs of the people she represents?  The answer is no.  It is physically impossible.  One or the other will suffer.  So then a choice has to be made.  Which do you think Mrs. Palin has chosen to put first?  She has indicated that her husband is “Mr. Mom” which shows that there is a reversal of gender roles in their marriage.   Has she truly been there for her 17 year old daughter that is pregnant? Did her newborn need her focused attention when she went back to work 3 days after she delivered?  She has had to divide her time between her family and the office she holds, realistically,  Mrs. Palin cannot mother her family as she should and take care of a state much less a nation.

Is she truly pro-life? She took a big risk whe she was 7 months pregnant to travel several thousand miles from Alaska to Texas for a very important speech for her career.  At 7 months women are advised to not travel and with good reason, the possibility of early labor are very real.  If the life of her child was that important, you would think that her childs life would come first.

In evaluating the the abrupt turnaround of evangelicals in their support of Mrs. Palin and their compromise and abandonment of their beliefs as to the roles of women.  Evangelicals have turned a corner that can only lead to ramifications that will have a radical affect  on the church.  Essentially, evangelicals are starstruck!  Watch this video of Voddie Bauchman of his interview with Krya Phillips on CNN.  Pay close attention to her comments about the contradiction of evangelical support of a women that can lead a country but cannot pastor.  Think about the ramifications of women breaking the glass ceiling to preside over a nation and then look at the “glass ceiling” in the pastoral role in evangelical churches that hold to the Biblical role of women.  They will now be hard pressed to continue to justify their positions.  Her perspective on Mrs. Palins candidicy and the support of evangelicals shows the hypocrisy of the evangelicals.

This shows more fear of an Obama presidency than facing God which which would require and honest assessment of our choices.

Many evangelicals throw Deborah up as proof that is okay for a woman to be in the position of civil leadership.  This is not correct interpretation.  Take a few moments to read “But What About Deborah?” .  You may also find some interesting reading at the following links:

http://www.visionforumministries.org/issues/ballot_box/

http://visionarydaughters.com/2008/10/qa-regarding-our-position-on-sarah-palin

When men have abdicated their God given leadership role and women have to become leaders, judgment is not far behind.

“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. 13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.” Isaiah 3:12-13 (KJV)

So then, how does the title of this post and the movie tie into the candidacy of Mrs. Palin?  We as Christians have an obligation to our God to make the right choices, come what may.  The issues facing the Christian family, the Church, and the Country not to mention the coming consequences are of epic proportions because as I mentioned earlier, God’s judgment is at hand.

Contrary to popular belief we do have more than a two party system.  The only way to move beyond the dominance of these two parties is to begin supporting others.  In the sidebar there is a link to the Constitution party.  Chuck Baldwin is a presidential candidate and I voted for him.  He is on the ballot in many states and others he is a write in.  The principals he stands for I believe are in line with Scripture.  Going against the flow isn’t easy, it is tiring to be criticized for standing up for Truth.  I fear standing before a Holy God and being unable to justify my negligence to stand for His Truth than I do the criticism of man.

Come what may, I made a decision based on Truth and I rest in the fact that God is in control.  We don’t have to fear Obama.  If Obama as a President is part of God’s plan then it only shows us that His coming is one day closer.

Choose what is right, come what may.

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One Response

  1. I understand your point, but I’m not clear on what you are saying about the distinction.

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