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With Herman Cain out of the race, is Michele Bachmann poised for a second surge? And is there a biblical precedent for electing a woman president?
Many people forget that Michele Bachman had a first surge that briefly made her the GOP presidential primary frontrunner.
She appealed to secular conservatives due to positions espousing smaller government and low taxes. Evangelical Christians loved her unashamed positions on issues of faith.
But somewhere along the way, “buyer’s remorse” set in. Some evangelicals questioned the biblical teachings on women submitting to their husbands, wondering if they might be sinning by supporting and voting for a woman president.
So, the question is: Is there a biblical precedent for a woman president?
Yes. In a word: Deborah.
The book of Judges, in Chapters 4 and 5, explains an eerily similar pattern to today’s political and economic state of America. Ancient Israel had fallen on tough times. They had rejected Yahweh God and embraced the ways of the world. They were surrounded by their enemies, and their men didn’t have the moral fortitude to do what was necessary to survive. Enter Deborah, a prophetess, a righteous judge and a “Mother in Israel” (read: Rep. Bachmann with five biological children and 23 foster kids).
A man named Barak – really, we’re not making this stuff up – was supposed to lead the Israelites to fight evil Jabin’s Canaanite army commander, Sisera. But Barak wimped out, refusing to go unless Deborah went with him. So Deborah stepped up to the plate and led the charge, but prophesized that the glory of the battle would go to a woman.
Ultimately Deborah’s ally, Jael (another woman), killed cruel commander Sisera by hammering a tent peg through his temple, ushering in 40 years of peace for Israel.
The conclusion: There is a biblical precedent set for God sending a woman to do a man’s job when a man isn’t willing to boldly step up to the plate to get the job done.
Today, in our quest for a moral champion, we have witnessed a long line of conservative men who had their shot and failed. Rick Perry entered both barrels blazing, but floundered. Herman Cain went from frontrunner to a perceived moral failure. While Ron Paul is a professing pro-life Christian, he refuses to end abortion, and being of the “libertarian” denomination, he leaves important moral matters like abortion and drug use to individual states to decide. The problem is that as long as there is a single state that allows abortion, people will cross state lines to get what they want. Robotic Romney with never so much as a hair out of place, has double trouble being from two problematic denominations to Christians: 1) He’s a Mormon and 2) he’s a liberal. And with Cain quitting amidst suspicions of moral failure, how will Newt Gingrich survive the public scrutiny over cheating on his first wife and marrying his mistress, only to cheat on her and marry again? And alas, Huntsman is a younger version of Bob Dole.
That leaves Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. And while Santorum stands for the right issues, he has proven to be shaky in the heat of battle, inexplicably backing a string of liberals, including the infamous liberal Republican Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania instead of staunch conservative Pat Toomey.
Bottom line: The only man left standing is a woman. Her name is Michele Bachman, and she’s set for a second surge.
Jerry McGlothlin is CEO of Special Guests Inc. Special Guests, established in 1986, is a leading supplier of expert guests to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and other popular talk shows.