Penning on Palin…

For a thoughtful, incisive, well-rounded and biblical perspective on the Sarah Palin candidacy vis-a-vis “working” vs. “stay at home” moms, HEvencense highly recommends this post at Jonalyn Grace Fincher’s blog:

http://jonalynfincher.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-integrating-work-and-home.html

Jonalyn is a graduate of Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology and author of Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home.  (Zondervan, 2007).  See My Book Reviews on my sidebar for more.

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  1. In many ways, Sarah Palin served as the catalyst for my motivation to get to the bottom of this whole “Biblical Womanhood” debate. I continue to be encouraged and inspired by her presence on the national stage. I pray for her often, because I feel she’s representing a lot more than her political stances.

    It boggled me how certain comps utilize all their energy and resources to make us think women like Sarah Palin would never meet God’s standard of approval to lead a nation, yet they justified her candidacy…some even eagerly! While others made it seem as if it was a borderline sin to even consider voting for her.

    I can only imagine the intensity the debates will re-gather should she choose to run for (or win) the presidency.

    What’s odd is, any cursory look at the Bible or even of history–including Western history, would remind us why this fervent skepticism over women in places of secular power is completely unfounded. Queen Elizabeth I or Margaret Thatcher (and a host of others) ring any bells?

    • Also Miriam, Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Huldah, Nympha, Chloe, Phoebe, Priscilla, Lydia, Mary….

      As you’ve noted, there’s a strange dichotomy in play in comp land in this regard. The convoluted manner in which some comps try to get around the Palin-esque “issue” is by compartmentalizing life and society into artificial packaging, separating “secular” life from “spiritual.” As you probably know, the argument generally goes something like this: Sure, a Christian woman may be perfectly capable and competent to operate her own business, courtroom, medical practice, classroom, company, presidential campaign or even an entire country, but the moment she walks thru the door of a church on Sunday, her M-F competence, capabilities and giftedness vanish and leadership becomes a male-exclusive domain. What is it about church doors or “spiritual matters” that make an otherwise capable, competent, gifted woman suddenly go moron? Or the reverse goes into play – how dare any mere female even consider leading anything? God’s “divine design” is that men lead, women follow. So sit down and shut up.

      The are many problems with this gender paradigm. IMHO, the top three are: 1) It’s absurd; 2) It’s absurd; 3) It’s absurd – and – taken as a whole, the Bible does not endorse this view (I embraced and supported the comp view for over 40 years, so I’m well familiar with the arguments.) But… which of the spiritual gifts that Paul lists in Eph. 4 and I Cor. 12 are gender-specific – including those related to leadership, preaching and teaching? And so on.

      Isn’t it odd (as well as sad) that some persist in advocating gender roles and paradigms based on the Fall rather than the Resurrection?

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