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Am I the only one who sees the almost painful coincidence here? Deborah was trying to get a man to do a man’s job, and that man’s name was . . . the very same name as the man Evangelical Christians fear most! So ironic. I have got to ask the LORD if He did that on purpose–because it is so apropos.

For the past week or so, I’ve been thinking that all those Evangelical Christians who wouldn’t vote for McCain before, because of his record on abortion and other things, will now vote for him because of Palin. Well, it’s like they’re telling themselves they’re not compromising their principles, because they’re voting for Palin, not McCain. (That’s the very effect McCain was going for in choosing her for VP, I suspect).

She gave the authority to Barak!! Deborah could have easily just taken over for this obviously inept man–no doubt he wanted her to do the dirty work for him. But she just supported him.

If Deborah were voting this November, who would she vote for? In the Book of Judges, it seems she was pullling for Barak!

Many Evangelical Christians are citing Deborah as an example in Scripture of a woman in a leadership position. We are members at a URC church, and our pastor recently preached through Judges (over this summer). While he has not publicly made any comments regarding Sarah Palin or John McCain, he preached without equivocation that Deborah’s position of leadership was 1. a shame to the men in the land who had abdicated their God-given role to lead as covenant head(s) in family and civil society. 2. Deborah never actually took on the full authority or powers due to men. Illustrated in the fact that, when Barak asked her to lead the army, she basically chastised him for not being man enough to go out with the army of the Lord and do what God commanded him to do.

I most definitely do see Deborah as the perfect Biblical example for godly women today. Because the godly men of uncompromising Christian leadership and Biblical vision are nearly nowhere to be found. We’ve been looking. She was basically trying to get a man to listen to God when he was too timid and womanish to step up. But she did not take over, did she? She went along because Barak said she had to or else he wouldn’t go at all. But from the beginning to end, she always had in mind to get this namby-pamby of a man to take the manly authority God was calling him to. She said to him: “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman (Judges 4:9).” So she trusted in the LORD more than the man did, but she did not set out to lead the army herself. She was trying to step out of Barak’s way to get him to play the role. But he had so little trust or fear in God that he wouldn’t play the man unless she would, too.

The Botkin sisters, over at visionarydaughters.com, said it very well:

“So how are strong women supposed to respond when men are not being men?

“The example of the prophetess Deborah, though set in a time of more severe judgment than ours, gives interesting insights. She was living in a time when “the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord” (Judges 4:1), “Village life ceased” (Judges 5:7), and the leaders had not been leading (Judges 5:2). Despite the desperation of the time, Deborah clearly did not become a civil magistrate or “judge” in the modern sense of the word, nor did she run for any kind of office, nor did she sit in the gates (Judges 4:5). Even when pushed toward positions of leadership, Deborah never actually took the reins of authority, but rather extended them to Barak and stood supportively behind him (Judges 4:6, 4:14). Deborah succeeded in bringing a man into leadership, rather than take the leadership herself.”

Isn’t this ironic? The very woman in the Bible that Evangelical Christians are using to justify their female civil magistrates is actually the woman who was trying so hard to get a “girly man” to step up to the plate . . rather than seeing the power vacuum and using it as an opportunity for a personal power grab. She could have done that, and many of us “godly women” try to do that in frustration when our men don’t seem to be leading, but Deborah did not. I think she understood that, when women step up, men are all too willing to step aside. (Reminds me of Adam and Eve . . . oh, that’s another post entirely).

This is a huge lesson for me, since I’ve been racking my brain for two years now trying to learn how God wants an intelligent, godly woman (who recognizes male headship is Biblical) to handle things when she finds no men around leading in the fear of God. Now I know–just be like Deborah: extend the authority to the man, and stand supportively behind him!

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Don’t forget. Never forget. Seven years ago, our nation was hit hard. I will always remember where I was. It was the day before my 24th birthday. It was my first year as a teacher, the first few days on the job as Whittier High School’s new choir director. I was in the copyroom at 6:30 am, trying to get an early start to my long to-do list, making photocopies before the schoolday began. Another teacher there told me what he’d heard on the news. I was disbelieving. Then I saw it on the news. I saw the videos of the second plane hitting the second tower. The rest of the day’s teaching plans lost its purpose. For many months later, I felt my vulnerability under the sky. I imagined the same catastrophy occurring at my very location wherever I went. Everyone did. I visualized airplanes careening into Whittier High School. It was so very unexpected. 

 

It reminded us that we are so small. Events like those on the day of September 11th simply don’t happen without God’s permission. We get so used to His hand of protection keeping our little lives from being blown into oblivion. All He has to do is lift His hand of protection for His own Sovereign purposes, and it all can come to an end. May we pay homage to Him alone.

 

Many conservatives and Christians say it is to George W. Bush’s credit that we have not had another terrorist attack on US soil since then. I have felt the same way, and very strongly. But do we really think George W. Bush is in total control of things to the point of him being able to avert all terroristic catastrophe? Why have we ascribed a God-like power to George Bush, when this President was not able to protect us from the terrorist attack before September 11th? If George W. Bush deserves the credit for the lack of attacks since September 11th, then George W. Bush deserves the credit for not preventing them before they occurred, as well! I’ve been learning a little about the sovereignty of God, and I now believe only God is in total control of all things. The only one who gets the credit for the fact that we haven’t been attacked again is God Almighty. God forgive us for giving George W. Bush the glory for our safety. That glory belongs to God alone.

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently on the “Mommy Wars” set off when John McCain nominated Sarah Palin for his VP. I pretty much agree with the stance taken on this by those at Ladies Against Feminism and Vision Forum. From these sources, I have really been learning a lot about having more of a Christian worldview in all areas of life. The Bible requires manhood as the first primary qualification of any civil magistrate. 

 

But I’ve been thinking a lot more recently about the importance of Proposition 8 passing here in California. I’ve been doing more reading and studying and listening to an R. C. Sproul CD series of messages on the Church and the State. I am now convinced that, if Proposition 8 fails in California, that represents the failure of Christianity in California. Period. “Homosexual marriage” is a contradiction in terms. Imagine the absurd conversations that would happen soon if homosexual marriage gained ground and became accepted in society. Upon seeing the wedding ring on the finger of someone you just met, you would have to ask the person: “Are you married to a man or a woman?” If that’s a logical question, then why not ask: “Are you a man or a woman?” Because, after all, don’t homosexual men say they’re a woman in a man’s body (and vice versa)? It would be like living in Alice In Wonderland. Once we depart from God’s definitions anything at all, things get strange very quickly.  The homosexual imposters who think they are now married (such as my next door neighbors–I’m not joking–my lesbian next door neighbors had their “wedding” last month and their “honeymoon” in Aruba) are in reality trying for abolition of God’s law throughout the land. To accept this and not to fight it is to deny the faith! Why do I say this? Because, a few tyrannical judges in the judicial  branch of the State have made decided to redefine marriage. Clearly, they have exalted themselves as lords above God. Accepting this would require us to accept the State as god and deny the Lordship of Christ. That puts Christians back where they were in Caesar’s day, when Caesar exalted himself as god.  In the Great Commision,  Jesus taught us to teach all peoples to obey all of His commandments. Not just the politically correct commandments. How can we let go of God-ordained marriage without a fight to the death????

I walked precincts last Saturday for the http://www.ProtectMarriage.com campaign, and I was the only Christian in the group from my zip code. The rest were all Mormons from the same Stake. Where are the believers?? Why aren’t they acting? Why aren’t they fired up against those tyrants who want to abolish godly marriage? Make no mistake–that’s just what will happen, in effect, if Prop 8 fails. Look, in European countries that have legalized homosexual marriage, heterosexual people don’t even bother to get married anymore. But of course. To change the definition of marriage like this is to dilute it. If you dilute it, you kill it. Not to mention the unmentionable state-sanctioned abuse of children that would also result from homosexual “marriage!” Christians of California, stand up for God’s ways, and fight the godless paganism that has swept our land!!  Do it for the sake of the children!

 

It seems to me that Christians have self-silenced based on the prevailing doctrine of the land: the absolute truth of political correctness. I know I’m guilty of so doing. I often wonder why I and other Christians, when we hear someone say, “gay people didn’t choose to be gay, so they should be accepted and we should respect them as long as they’re in committed, monogomous relationships,” we Christians inwardly rebuke the statement, but outwardly give tacit approval by not immediately denouncing it as totally immoral, based on God’s Law. This silence gives tacit approval to their deception. And with Christians out of the way (simply because we’ve allowed ourselves to be intimidated into silence) the homosexual activists have managed to turn public opinion in their favor in a much shorter time than one would have expected! I’ve decided enough is enough. It’s almost like we Christians are submitting to the same mindset that the Jews in the Polish ghettos passively accepted–silencing ourselves for fear of repercussions. And thus, making ourselves powerless as they make us more and more marginalized, moving us more and more to the outskirts of society. No. It’s time for God’s people to “come out of the closet!” God alone is Sovereign over all that is in the earth, and His Law on sexuality has never been repealed. Sexual immorality of all kinds, including homosexuality, is breaking God’s Law. Marriage was created by God alone, not by man, not by government, and certainly not by a few tyrannical judges in San Francisco! God is the Creator of all things, therefore He gets to define His creation, its boundaries, and its purposes. The laws man makes must be within His terms. Otherwise, we’re making ourselves out to be gods. That is what the state is doing now. I think Christians have to stand up, like our ancient Brethren did in the days of Caesar, and say, “Christ is Lord,” not the State!  If we are persecuted for so doing, then we are in the company of the brave. Christ was crucified because of lawlessness, and those involved in it must repent and receive Christ’s unmatchable love and forgiveness, or else be judged for eternity in Hell. That is God’s truth. That is what we need to speak loudly and not fear the repercussions!

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