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Of Ladies Roles

Recently I was in a conversation that was started by a question that went something like this: “Do you believe that a woman should ever be a president?” The questioner wasn’t referring to a particular woman who has recently announced her intention to run for president. He wasn’t referring to the capability of a woman to be a president. He was wanting our views on whether or not we thought it was right for a woman to be president.

So, here’s the short answer — a resounding “NO! It’s not right!”

Now for my longer, more thought out, intelligible answer.

Should a woman ever be a president? We should go to Scripture for our answer. A president is a person who runs everything. The person in the United States that has control over government, over the laws of the land, as well as being the Commander-in-Chief over the U.S. military. So, what does Scripture say?

1Timothy 2:12-14 says: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, and then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

This doesn’t mean that a woman is to be a doormat to her husband, but that it is not proper for a woman to have authority over man. Matthew Henry says in his commentary on this passage that “They (women) must be silent, submissive, and subject, and not usurp authority. The reason given is because Adam was first formed, then Eve out of him, to denote her subordination to him and dependance upon him; and that she was made for him, to be a help-meet for him. And as she was last in the creation, which is one reason for her subjection, so she was first in the transgression, and that is another reason. Adam was not deceived, that is, not first; the serpent did not immediately set upon him, but the woman first in the transgression (1 Cor. 11:3), and it was part of the sentence, ‘Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.’ (Gen. 3:16)” This is just as applicable to the work force, where a man might have to answer to a woman, as it is to the presidency, where all men, everywhere, would have to answer to a woman.

In 1 Corinthians 11:3, Paul says “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” It is part of the creation order for woman to be in subjection to men, not men to answer to a ladies authority.

“And as God is the head of Christ, and Christ the head of the whole human kind, so the man is the head of the two sexes: not indeed with such dominion as Christ has over the kind or God has over the man Christ Jesus; but a superiority and headship he has, and the woman should be in subjection and not assume or usurp the man’s place. This is the situation in which God has placed her; and for that reason she should have a mind suited to her rank, and not do any thing that looks like an affectation of changing places. Something like this the women of the church of Corinth seem to have been guilty of, who were under inspiration, and prayed and prophesied even in their assemblies.” — Matthew Henry

Speaking about 1 Corinthians 11:3, Barnes writes: “And the head of the woman is the man – The sense is, she is subordinate to him, and in all circumstances – in her demeanor, her dress, her conversation, in public and in the family circle – should recognize her subordination to him.” This isn’t saying that we can’t advise our brother’s in Christ, but that we should not be in a position of authority over them. This has been a struggle for women since the beginning of time, when Eve usurped Adam’s authority. We ladies ramped up the aggression towards men noticeably after World War 2, when ladies needed to step up and hold the jobs for men, and we needed to provide materials for war. However, when the men came back, the jobs should have been handed over. But did we females do the right thing? No. We didn’t. We assumed that we could do more, do it better, and get it done in less time. And the men let us. It marked an epoch of the downfall of manhood and womanhood as we knew it until that time. And, as we look around us today, you see women who you can’t tell are women. You question yourself if they are men or women. We see home duties being neglected because men aren’t equipped with the knowledge to run a home. And we see women running themselves ragged in the work world. We see evil happening because one mans wife is helping another man, and they are working together and traveling together, and being subjected to things that they should never be subjected to. And men are being tempted in ways that they should never be. All because ladies usurped authority and the men let them. And no one was brave enough to stand up and declare what the Word of God said.

Deborah, the judge of Israel, was brought up. Yes, she was a woman. And yes, she held a position of leadership. But let’s look deeper into the passage. You can find it in Judges 4. I am not going to type out the whole passage, but I am trusting that you will open your Bible and turn to it,and compare scripture to scripture.

The first point I would like to make is that she never left her home. Not that she sat around all day, or that she never left her home, but she never sought to leave her home. The people needed a leader, and no men would rise to the occasion. So the people sought out a person who could give wise, sound advise. Look at verses 4 and 5 of Judges 4: “And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.” (emphasis added) In comparing scripture with scripture, we see that a godly wife is a keeper of her home in Titus 2, and we see that we shouldn’t seek to usurp authority to men. That means we, as women, shouldn’t run a presidential campaign against the men who are running, telling people why they should choose you and what is wrong with the other men. (sorry to ruin your fun, ladies!)  If there are people who come to you, and seek your advice, then by all means, give it. And make sure it is godly, sound advise.

The second thing we see is that the land was under a curse. In verse 1 of Judges 4, we read that “the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord.” We read in Isaiah 3:11 and 12 that to be ruled by women and children is a curse on the land. “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.”

The third thing I see in the story of Deborah is that she never wanted to take the authority from the men of Israel, and she encouraged them to take it back from her. Read verse 6. “And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-Naphtali, and said unto him, ‘Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward Mount Tabour, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and the children of Zebulan?'” She tried to let Barak lead, and he dropped the ball. He refused, unless she, a woman, would go with him. In verses 8 and 9 we read: “And Barak said unto her, ‘If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.’ And she said, ‘I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding that journey thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.'” It was shameful that a woman would defeat the leader of the army. It was a punishment for Barak. For not standing up and taking the leadership of the nation of Israel.

Think about it. If we desire for men to be strong, to stand fast, to lead their homes and family wisely, and if that is what a man, young or old, is desiring, how detrimental is it to him for us ladies to push them out of the way, just because we think we can do it better. To tell the men that they are not needed because we are more organized, we can multi-task better, we can __________ (fill in the blank) so much better than the men. And the list goes on…and on…and on…..and on.

James Angell, in the book, “Theology of the Family”, compiled by Scott Brown and Jeff Pollard, says of a woman: “If a woman’s mission in Paradise was to be man’s companion and joy, such must be the case still.Her vocation has not been changed since the fall.” yet how can we ladies be this to our husbands when we are in the work force, working for someone else’s husband, being a companion to someone else’s husband, furthering someone else’s husband? Or when we are leading other peoples husbands?

Do I think women are capable of running our country? Quite frankly, no. I don’t. And my reasoning is simple. Guys are more practical, while girls are more emotional. Yes, you read that right. Have you ever been in situation where a sibling is profusely bleeding, say, from the nose, or head, and you, as the wife or daughter of the situation are scared silly, and crying? And then your hero, aka father or husband, comes to the rescue, and quickly puts everything to rights, convincing you that the injured individual does not need to go to the emergency room, does not need stitches, is not going to get tetanus…..ect.? Not that a lady can’t be calm in a situation that depends on it. We just don’t think as practically about things. We cry easier. Imagine if we were a president, and someone came in to inform you that someone, somewhere, somehow, had declared war on America. What would your first reaction be? Would you panic? I can say I would probably cry. And then take action. And you would need to remain calm through that action, which would probably take several hundred lives. Could you, as a woman, do it? Emotionally, I can’t say I know many woman who can handle that kind of stress. Guys think logically. Which is why when you have a plan the man in your life can always decipher the faults of it. But they also know ways to fix it.

We women need to face the facts and ignore the feminists mantra of the day and age — guys and girls are different. Equal? yes. Different? also a huge yes. We are created to compliment each other. And that is good and well pleasing to our Lord.

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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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