you choose Q: what does the Bible say about female presidents?
Q: In light of the upcoming presidential election and the various possible candidates, what are your views of the Bible’s viewpoint on a possible female President? —Dale
A: The Bible was written at a time when women were not allowed prominent positions in society. The structure of ancient culture denied women many of the opportunities they rightfully enjoy today. However, in spite of the fact that women were suppressed by culture, the Bible contains many examples of influential women. In the Old Testament, for example, women served as prophetesses (Exodus 15:20; Numbers 12:2; Judges 4:4; 2 Chronicles 34:22), and judges (Judges 4-5).
Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel and founder of the Christian faith, accepted women as equals in an age when women were regarded as inferior. He recognized no authority besides that of the leader who takes the role of a servant. He defied many of the customs of his day that tended to keep women secluded and in subjugation.
Elsewhere in the New Testament it’s interesting to see Priscilla instructing the famous preacher Apollos. In 1 Corinthians 11:5, Paul seems to be assuming that women will be speaking openly in mixed church gatherings. Earlier we learn that women did have the authority to preach in the apostolic church (Acts 21:8-9). There are many passages in the New Testament which describe the important role played by women in the apostolic church, a role they held in spite of many severe, culturally-imposed limitations. A significant number of women were included by Paul in his list of valued coworkers in Romans 16.
In general, Scripture clearly portrays the equality of the sexes before God (Gen. 1:27; 1 Cor. 11:11, 12: Gal. 3:28; Acts 10:34). The prophet Joel spoke, after all, of both men and women prophesying (“your sons and daughters will prophesy”), and when the gifts of the Spirit are listed and described in the New Testament (see, for example, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4:7-16), no distinctions are made upon the basis of sex.
Although there is some controversy over the specific roles women should play in church leadership, there is no reasonable Scriptural basis for believing that women should not serve in secular leadership roles—including top political such as President. Candidates running for important governing roles should be selected on the basis of their character and their positions on key issues—not on their race, sex, or any other nonessential criteria. —Dan VanderLugt
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