What does the Bible say about women leaders in government? Should a woman be President?

Question: "What does the Bible say about women leaders in government? Should a woman be President?"

The Biblical best is men leading in government. God created men and women in His image with equal worth but different roles. He created man as the leader, protector, and provider; woman as the helper, life-giver, and nurturer. (See Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:8-12; Galatians 3:28.)

Women in the Bible: influencers—not leaders
Women in the Bible occasionally held strong positions: some good, some bad. Esther was put in a place where her influence could help Israel, but she was not in authority. Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab, but she had an evil influence. Many women followed Jesus, and godly women helped the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote to Timothy about the importance of the spiritual influence of Timothy's mother Eunice and grandmother Lois (2 Timothy 1:5).

Bible women often held influential roles yet not necessarily leadership positions. While some argue that Deborah led Israel (Judges 4:1-5:31), she appears to have had more of an influencing role. In fact, women rulers were seen as a sign of judgment. The prophet Isaiah lamented, “O My people! Their oppressors are children, and women rule over them” (Isaiah 3:12).

Women under men in the church and home
The Bible clearly teaches that men—not women—should lead in the church and home. Why? Not because woman is inferior or incapable but because man was created first, woman was made as his helpmate, and Eve was the one deceived. (See 1 Corinthians 11:8-12; 1 Timothy 2:12-15; 1 Corinthians 14:34-35; Ephesians 5:22-24.)

Women leaders in government?
While women should not lead in the church and home, what about in government?

Generally speaking, God designed men for positions of leadership. But apart from leadership in the church and family—which is given to men alone, the Bible doesn’t expressly forbid women from positions of government. So is a woman leader in government right? Is it even permissible?

As a “gray” issue, the question of women leading in government has been passionately debated. This debate will not be easily settled because not only do Christians disagree with the feminist movement but also they face differing views within the church.

John Piper urges us to tread carefully: “To the degree that a woman’s influence over man is personal and directive it will generally offend a man’s good, God-given sense of responsibility and leadership, and thus controvert God’s created order.” When that order is shuffled, inherent problems arise.

Remember, leadership is not God’s highest privilege for humanity. On the contrary, Jesus taught that whoever wanted to be great should be the servant of all (Matthew 20:25-28). A woman finds fulfillment in following God’s role for her life.

Women leaders: a personal conclusion
I (the writer of this article) am a woman who has found joy in my femininity. It is not an inferior role but a high calling. I bear, nurture, support, influence, and unite life.

I believe the Biblical best is for men to lead in government. However, as a citizen of this nation, I willingly submit myself to the civil authority that God places over me—whether man or woman (Romans 13:1-7). God’s command to obey government rulers has no caveat as to whether or not we think they are good authorities.

Therefore, if a woman were to be elected president, I would obey her direction. I would not support, however, a woman running for that position. While honoring a woman’s intrinsic worth, we must respect her God-given role.

Recommended Resource: Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur.

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