One more thing. 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.2. Wilson has now followed up with Cons and Pros on Palin. In it, these gems:
6. File this next one under the heading of "husbands of accomplished babes." I speak as an expert here. Feminism is not the only heterodox gender-idea we have to deal with. There is a significant stream within conservative Christian circles that is more Muslim than Christian. In my writing on family, I have called this error masculinism, the counterpart to feminism. This selection of Sarah Palin enables us to address that problem. The Bible does not teach that a woman's place is in the home. It teaches that a woman's priority is the home. If a woman accomplishes a great deal outside the home without surrendering the priority of the home, there is nothing whatever unbiblical about it. Many people have assumed that Nancy and I are homers simply because we don't apologize for the apostle Paul's teaching on headship and submission in marriagae [sic]. But while we believe and practice and teach everything the apostle ever wrote on this subject, my wife has taught outside the home, written a textbook, taught at conferences, written other books, and all while managing the home in a spectacular fashion. My daughters are both very accomplished women, as is my daughter-in-law, and I welcome the opportunity for genuine conservatives to reject the ditch on both sides of this gender road.3. Here's a side-by-side Palin/Obama comparison chart that, while not inerrant, (A) makes some great points and (B) will make The Usual Suspects' heads spin around and spew pea soup (h-t Hugh "Squish" Hewitt, who has many other good links). And that's always good fun.
7. Scripture gives us examples of extraordinary women who are used by God in extraordinary times. The woman's seed was to crush the serpent's head, and we see this prophecy of Christ typified throughout the Old Testament in striking ways (Judges 4:21; Judges 9:53). It seems to me that Sarah Palin, as a walking rejection of the pro-aborts more emotional arguments, will be in a position to give Roe a bowl of motherly milk and then put a stake through his head. If that happens, then the question for Christians will not be "how could a woman do that?" Rather, we will see that no one but a woman could have done that.
Afternote: like nobody has to read this blog, so nobody has to read any of those words nor links. But any commenter who continues dutifully to cough up DNC talking-points which are answered in those links or sublinks will be curtly and peremptorily referred to them.
Oh, and there are many reports of the fact that Palin's 17yod is pregnant. So now I'm waiting for the deafening roar of protest from right and left about how inappropriate it is to pry into candidates' family's lives. After all, remember how outraged the Dalai Bama was when his wife was taken to task for things she said on the campaign trail? Surely, he'll be far more furious at a candidate's child being put under the spotlight, right? So I'm waiting for that unanimous condemnation.