Last week, “ABC World News Tonight” showed up on the campus of Southern Seminary to talk to students about gender roles vis a vis the candidacy of Governor Sarah Palin. They interviewed three of our students: Phillip Bethancourt, Courtney Tarter, and Toby Jennings. I could not be prouder of how they represented the school and the truth of the Bible in their brief appearance. Our president, Dr. Albert Mohler, is interviewed as well.
One particular part of the report is worthy of note. The interviewer was fascinated by the idea that our students could support a woman as president but not as pastor. He was especially interested in Ms. Tarter’s opinion, the lone female of the group. That interest is what led to this exchange:
ABC Reporter: So never in the deepest recesses of your mind have you ever thought, “This is unfair. These guys get to do it [be a pastor], but I can’t.”
Ms. Tarter: Oh, of course I’ve said it in the deep recesses of my mind . . . because I’m a sinner.
Of course, Ms. Tarter is simply reflecting the fact that the Bible speaks unambiguously to the issue of gender roles in the home and in the church. To depart from that which the Bible clearly teaches is sin, and Ms. Tarter confesses what is true for all of us. When we act or desire things in contradiction to the Bible, we sin. For Christians this definition is uncontroversial, but I have a feeling that this reporter might disagree.
In any case, I think the question of having a female as vice-president will be a moot point at the close of this election-cycle. Senator Obama leads in key battleground states, and it looks like the McCain-Palin ticket is headed for defeat. I’ll have more to say on this topic later. For now, go watch Southern Seminary students on “ABC World News Tonight.”
(From left to right: Phillip Bethancourt, Courtney Tarter, and Toby Jennings)