An animated conversation ensued around the lunch table, as Sarah Palin, her leadership and potential as a Presidential candidate was heatedly discussed. The women, all home schooling moms and conservative Christians from various backgrounds, passionately voiced opinions that ranged from a high level of respect for Governor Palin, to a concern for her family, if she runs for President.
One mom held the conviction that women should not be in positions of leadership over men. I respect her opinions, though I do not agree with them. I decided to do some Biblical digging to see what women in the Bible were leaders and what qualities they possessed. The woman that immediately came to mind was Deborah, the Judge of Israel around 1200 B.C. found in the book of Judges chapters 4 and 5. One commentary stated the following:
Deborah was unique among the women and men of Bible history in that she was a prophetess, a judge and a military leader all in one – a powerful triple combination of authority and responsibility held by only two other Israelites, Moses and Samuel.
She was referred to as the “mother of Israel” because of her leadership in the battle against Canaanite oppression.
Biblically, women have been raised up “for such a time as these“, and have been mighty leaders, used to serve God in various capacities. Deborah is an inspirational woman who not only led in a judicial and legislative role, but also led in a victorious military role as well. The Bible says that under her leadership Israel enjoyed peace for forty years.
Many women throughout history have demonstrated an exceptional ability to lead. Sarah Palin is such a woman, and perhaps this is what has caused intense fear in those who oppose her point of view. She is, in fact, a threat, because she stands against everything women on the left have put forward as leaders. Her point of view reflects that of millions of American women; where as the feminist voice that has had the bully pulpit for so long, has finally been muffled by one that rings truer to most.
Is Sarah Palin the next President? Maybe. Is Sarah Palin a leader that speaks of a reality that millions of Americans live and adhere to everyday? Absolutely! Perhaps she has also been raised up for such a time as these.
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