An issue that will be discussed among some conservative Christians is the propriety of electing a woman. Evangelical Christians are overwhelmingly hostile to feminism, and so what is with that? I have argued before from Isaiah 3:12—“children are their oppressors, and women rule over them”—that feminism is one of the things Scripture uses as an indicator of God’s judgment on a culture. I still believe that, and also believe that we are in fact under this particular judgment in our culture. But as a biblical absolutist, and not a simple traditionalist, I also want to make room for the occasional Deborah. Life is funny, and you should remember that in the Bible Deborah was the dame who upstaged a fellow named Barak. Kinda spooky when you think about it.
Pretty witty. See Judges 4–5. Deborah rose to the occasion when Barak lacked courage (e.g., 4:8, 14).
(The analogy Deborah : Barak :: Sarah Palin : Barack Obama breaks down, of course, not least since Deborah and Barak were on the “same team.”)