On Friday, I noted a video in which John Piper makes remarks about Barack Obama. In that same video, he also has some things to say about Sarah Palin’s candidacy:
“I personally think that it would have been better for [Sarah Palin] to stay at home with her disabled child–both for the good of the family and as a model for moms. So that’s a factor for me. I don’t think that biblically a woman should be the commander-in-chief of the . . . armed forces. And so that puts her in a very awkward position for me.”
I noticed some commenters at Justin Taylor’s website who interpreted Piper to be saying that having a female vice-president would be worse than having a pro-abortion president. Today, Piper has clarified what he meant and concludes with this:
“A person with my view may very well vote for a woman to be President if the man running against her holds views and espouses policies that may, as far as we can see, do more harm to more people than we think would be done by electing a woman President and thus exalting a flawed pattern of womanhood. In my view, defending abortion is far worse sin for a man than serving as Vice President is for a woman.”
The rest of Piper’s essay sketches in brief his view on women in positions of secular leadership. So you’ll want to read the whole thing.