In an earlier post I referred to an excerpt from an upcoming book entitled Womanly Dominion. In the excerpt author Mark Chanski asks whether it would “be a good thing in general, for a woman to become our President.” I think that’s a fair question. Answers to it vary widely among Christian leaders and thinkers.
I believe the book will be very good. It boasts endorsements from, among others, Russell Moore and Randy Stinson of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
At any rate, as a follow up to the original book excerpt, a colleague of Chanski’s, Robert Gonazales, added some very helpful clarifying comments and an additional book excerpt which I would encourage you to read. Gonzales concludes:
…as a general rule, the Scriptures encourage male leadership and discourage female leadership. Nevertheless, the Scriptures don’t seem to draw a sharp line here as they do when we think of ecclesiastical leadership. Hence, there may be exceptions or “right circumstances” that would render female leadership in the political sphere permissible.