Anyone who has ever asked, "What about Deborah?" will have heard the answer, "God calls women when no man can be found." The answer is coupled with the idea that it is a judgment on men that God had to call a woman, because no man could be found.
If this is indeed the case, why didn't evangelicals vote for the competent woman when there was no competent man to be found? Not only did they not vote for the Hillary Clinton, they tried to make Donald Trump into a competent man by claiming he had converted.
Except he didn't.
Then there is the question of morals.
Wayne Grudem considered Trump to be a good candidate and a moral choice.
I do not think that voting for Donald Trump is a morally evil choice because there is nothing morally wrong with voting for a flawed candidate if you think he will do more good for the nation than his opponent. In fact, it is the morally right thing to do. (Read the article here)
Grudem claims Trump is not a misogynist, but that of course shouldn't surprise anyone since Grudem himself is one. But in the end, is it really about man versus woman, or capitalism versus humanity?
Voting for Clinton and her ultraliberal policies is not an option for me as an evangelical Christian.... I overwhelmingly support Trump’s policies and believe that Clinton’s policies will seriously damage the nation, perhaps forever. On the Supreme Court, abortion, religious liberty, sexual orientation regulations, taxes, economic growth, the minimum wage, school choice, Obamacare, protection from terrorists, immigration, the military, energy, and safety in our cities, I think Trump is far better than Clinton (see below for details). Again and again, Trump supports the policies I advocated in my 2010 book Politics According to the Bible. (Read the article here)
Are these according to Christian principles?
Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows the answer without having to go looking for it, so why does Grudem believe these are "Politics According to the Bible"? Because he, like so many other people, believes that capitalism - this idea, that the market matters more than people - is godly. And this makes him a worshiper of Money.
But let's get back to the whole men versus women argument that is found in the middle of all of this. Grudem is horrified by Trump's comments about women and his past serial adultery, but according to Trump this doesn't make him a morally objectionable candidate. He is a flawed candidate, and we can still vote for flawed candidates, for no one is perfect.
And this tells us that a candidate has to be perfect when it comes to beliefs, but not when it comes to actions, the true measure of a person's values. Grudem cannot say what he wants, i.e., that women cannot become presidents, because he has already said that in the secular realm there cannot be any gender discrimination as the men-lead-women pertains only to church and home. And because he cannot say what he wants he has to resort to doublespeak until nothing means anything and anything means everything.
In retrospect, now that we live in the midst of the chaos of Trump's presidency, I wonder if Grudem has reconsidered his commitment to the moral maxims that allow the market pulverize people in the name of profit. Or is he happy now that Money no longer needs to hide behind the thin veneer of morals and respectability.
Only time will tell.