This is the first of two related posts.
Back in August, about a week after I started blogging, I wrote what I thought would be a highly controversial post, entitled At the risk of sounding like a neanderthal… At the time, Sarah Palin had just been nominated for VP, and was supported by the vast majority of evangelical leaders. (Let me interject at this point that I like Sarah Palin, and I voted for her early this morning.)
I only received a couple of comments on that original post, but both commenters disagreed with the view that I had somewhat tentatively proposed. I don’t expect that bringing it up again will change that or win me any new friends.
Questioning the evangelical consensus, I asked whether or not it was proper for a woman to serve as the head of a nation. What I proposed was (and still is) a minority view, and an unpopular one at that. I myself am not 100% convinced that my view is correct, so don’t stone me just yet. I was (and still am) sincerely trying to wrestle with the implications of a few passages of Scripture. My questions were primarily focused on the exegesis and application of 1 Corinthians 11:8-9, and 1 Timothy 2:12-14.
Taken together, those [two] passages seem to teach that the order and the purpose and the events of both Creation and The Fall demonstrate that a woman should not exercise authority over a man.
Interacting at the same time with another blogger, I said,
It seems to me that Paul bases his teaching about woman being under man’s authority in 1 Corinthians 11 on the order and purpose of creation, before The Fall. Would that not then make it a principle that would apply to all human rule and government, rather than merely church government?
Now I see that John Piper has written a brief article that gets to the heart of my concerns, and articulates the issues far better than I did; which isn’t surprising, since he has a much sharper mind and pen than I do.
I’d like for you to read the article, and then come back and comment on it here when you’re finished. Please check back for Part 2 of this post later today; it will begin where this post ends, and then veer off in a completely different direction.