Hillary Clinton and her run for the presidency! We’ve all heard and read of Hillary Clinton during the past years. Especially during the past year, Mrs. Clinton has been earnestly running to become the next president of the United States. Most of us never imagined when she was the First Lady in the White House, under her husband, Bill Clinton, that there would come a time when Hillary herself would have White House aspirations. Based on her years of working as the Secretary of State, Hillary considers herself qualified to become the next American President.
We know that millions of Americans would not only approve of but also heartily endorse having Hillary as the next president of the United States. What would have been unheard of and rejected in the past is now a reality!
Reasons for Acceptance
Some American citizens would accept Hillary as President for various reasons:
First, some are politically and socially liberal and would relish the idea of having Hillary and her extreme liberalism in the leadership of the country. Whether we speak of sexual immorality (sodomy), killing babies (abortion), or other liberal positions, these people would assume that she will continue the same liberal trend of her husband (Bill) and especially President Obama.
Second, others would applaud having Hillary as the next president since they would understand this as granting women full equality with men. These egalitarian proponents would point to the fact that all former presidents have been men and it is certainly the time to break this masculine domination. A woman must break the back of tradition and “old fashioned” ideas, including Biblical ideas, and become the next head of state.
Third, these Hillary-supporters would love to see the conservative political candidates defeated for they abhor the more “traditional” values that most of her opponents hold.
Other reasons could be mentioned, but these are some of the leading grounds for the support of Hillary’s run for the presidency. Like President Obama’s supporters before her, she would gather the support of the Democrats in congress, along with abortion-supporters, sodomite-proponents, and other elements of society that object to conservative positions and promote liberal causes.
Hillary Clinton as President? Let God Speak!
Hillary Clinton as President? How does the Christian view this matter? True believers are not interested in becoming part of a political debate on the matter of the presidency. Every single candidate holds positions that are contrary to Biblical teachings on a variety of issues. Further, we must remember that Jesus our Lord and King, declared, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm” (John 18:36). Believers in Christ constitute “a holy nation” themselves and refuse to be part of this world system (1 Peter 2:9).
The one matter we wish to address here has to do with the “woman” question. As we study Scripture, we are impressed with Christ’s many encounters with and approvals of women. Think of Christ’s own holy mother, Mary (Luke 1:26-38). Think of Christ’s discussion with the woman at the well at Sychar in Samaria (John 4:4-42). Think of His friendship with Mary and Martha in Bethany (Luke 10:38-42). Think of Mary Magdalene’s interest in and love for Jesus when she went to the tomb on resurrection morning (John 20:11-18).
As we go to the remainder of the new covenant writings, we are reminded of the prominence and esteem placed on notable women of God (cf. Romans 16:1-16). Also remember that people like Priscilla (Acts 18:2-3, 26), Phoebe (Romans 16:1-2), Nympha (Colossians 4:15), and the daughters of Philip (Acts 21:9) are freely mentioned along with men. We must never assume that the people of God demeaned woman in the early body of Christ!
What Do the Scriptures Say?
On the other hand, as we read through the inspired, God-given writings (of the New Testament), we clearly see that women were restricted by the Lord in certain clearly-revealed ways. Paul the apostle explained, “Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:3). This shows that just as God was the “head” of Christ, so man is the “head” of the woman. A woman is in a subordinate place or a place of submission. She is not to take the lead or have authority over the man. She is equal to man in salvation (Galatians 3:28) but she has a different role or position in life.
Many scriptures may be noticed that reveal God’s mind on this matter. The man or woman of God must acknowledge this fact. For example, Scripture says, “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). Notice that a woman (especially a wife) is to “receive” (not “give”) instruction and she is to do this “with entire submissiveness.”
Do you think that Mrs. Clinton would be willing to have “entire submissiveness” when she sits at her desk in the White House, when she addresses Congress, when she is interacting with the Heads of State of other nations, or when she discusses national policy? Would she consult with her husband before she makes any decision on her job? The passage continues, “I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.” Do you think that Mrs. Clinton would obey this command to not “teach” or “exercise authority over a man”? Would she insist on being “quiet” before others? There is no way that Hillary or any other woman could fill the Presidency of the United States!
Consider another passage that is utterly plain:””Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:22-24). Is this something that Mrs. Clinton would be willing to do? God says that a wife is to be “subject” to her husband, as to the Lord. Would you say that she will be subject to Bill Clinton but is determined to be “head” over the country? Would this not be inconsistent—and hypocritical?
The passage points out that the husband is “head of the wife” and not reversed—she is not “head of her husband.” How could Mrs. Clinton be “head” over a country, exercising national authority in all things, and allow her husband to be “head” over her? Notice also that the woman is to be “subject” to their husband “in everything.” Not just a few things, but in everything. It would be utterly inconsistent for a woman president to claim to follow the Bible while she is head or authority over 330 million people!
Now consider another passage: “The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church” (1 Corinthians 14:34-35).
Let me ask, would it be consistent for a woman to “keep silent” in a Christian assembly but be a full participant away from the assembly? Paul says that women are not permitted by the Lord “to speak” but are to “subject themselves.” Would a woman president refuse to speak and be willing to “subject” herself to her husband? If it is “improper for a woman to speak in church,” why should she freely speak before millions and millions of people? This is hypocrisy in the extreme!
Many other passages support these same truths we have been examining. For instance, Jesus chose only 12 men (males) to be His apostles (Matthew 10:1-4). Why didn’t He choose even one woman? Because the male apostles had authority and a leadership position (cf. Ephesians 2:20). Remember also that only men (males) could be “overseers” (Greek, episcopos), “shepherds” (sometimes called “pastors,” poimein), or elders (presbuteros). No woman could function in this way in the assembly (cf. 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6). Further, only men could become servants in the assembly (cf. 1 Timothy 3:8-13). Nor do we have any reference to women serving as an evangelist or preacher either (cf. Acts 21:8; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Timothy 4:5). Perhaps one reason for all of this is the fact that women were to be “quiet” and not speak in an assembly or congregation (“church”). It would be impossible for a woman to carry out the functions of these positions and not be vocal.
Some people object to all that we have covered above. They may say that this was good for the first century, but we are living in a new age. No, Scripture was meant for all ages (cf. 2 Timothy 3:15-17). Others say that it was only for a certain location—the first century Roman world. But let’s remember that this kind of reasoning is never found in those passages that limit a woman’s participation. The instructions are meant for every place on earth. Still others may say that it is true that a woman is forbidden to speak in an assembly or exercise authority over men, but she may freely exercise headship in all other realms of life. No, this would be totally inconsistent. Besides, some passages (e.g., 1 Corinthians 11:3) are meant for all situations in and not just the marriage or “church.”
Other World Leaders
We know that Hillary Clinton is not alone who has aspirations of national leadership in the world. Other women have entered the political realm and now lead prominent countries. One source lists a number of these women, including the following:
- Queen Elizabeth of United Kingdom
- Queen Margrethe of Denmark
- Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany
- President Dilma Van Linhares Rousseff of Brazil
- President Atifete Jahjaga of Kosovo
- Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica
- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed of Bangladesh
- President Park Geun-hye of South Korea
- Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway
- Executive President Micheel Bachelet Jeria of Chile
- Prime Minister Beata Szydlo of Poland
We need to emphasize that none of this should be interpreted to mean that a woman does not have intelligence, virtues, or knowledge. Not at all. In the case of marriage, a woman may know more than her husband! But God’s inspired Word is established and we must acknowledge that it is good and right in all that it affirms. If God made us (Genesis 1:26-27), He knows best and He knows why He allows certain actions and relationships and why He forbids them as well.
We have nothing personal against Hillary Clinton. If she becomes the next president, we will honor and obey her (1 Peter 2:13-17). But she will be in flat contradiction to the living and abiding Word of the Living God. She will be in disobedience. Along with all other informed and submissive Christians, we will speak the truth about Mrs. Clinton and seek to promote the truth in all spheres in life.