The Donald on Women

No matter where you stand in the coming election, it's important to think about what your leading candidate thinks about women. We've talked about this before. And today, a video came out of women reading quotes that Donald Trump has made about women. 

To state it plainly, this is a painful and degrading statement about what Donald thinks about women. He judges women by looks alone. He makes fun of women's periods. He says women should be treated like sh*t. And the negativity goes on and on.

These statements are not a joke. They are not some offhand remark. They reflect a view that oppresses and harms women. 

Is this how we want the President of the United States to talk about women? Is this the picture we want to present to world?

The Bible makes it very clear that women are created as the imago dei, the image of God. We are a reflection of the Godhead, and rulers over all creation. In the Biblical narrative, women are warriors, the bearers of Good News, supporters of Christ, the mother of God, bringers of blessing, preachers, and missionaries. Women serve all of humanity and spread the Good News.

Women have been in the story from the very beginning and continue to be a significant way in which God works out his salvation in the world. To be seen as bodies only, to be seen as worthless and meaningless - these things are contrary to who God has created us to be.

So as we continue the primary race and as we continue towards the presidential election, remember women. How are they talked about? How are they treated? And would this candidate treat your daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, or friend?

Voting and Women's Eqaulity

As we participate in a significant day in the life cycle of a presidential campaign, it is important to remember the views of the candidates on women's rights. While not a central issue in the current campaign language, how a candidate treats over 50% of our population does make a difference.

So as you reflect on who you want to caucus for or vote in a primary for, please reflect on how they view women.

  1. Do they treat women as equals? As human beings with great things to contribute?
  2. Do they believe that women can and should have a voice in the way our world works?
    Do they believe that women are an asset to our society?
  3. Do they believe women can only function in certain roles - primarily as homemakers and mothers? Or are they supportive of women working outside the home as well?
  4. Do they support programs and causes that protect women from abuse, rape, domestic violence, and human trafficking?
  5. Would their election to office reduce or increase the rights of women?
  6. How do they treat women? In public, in private, in their campaign, and in the debates?

We all have a responsibility to learn about the candidates we are interested in and to show up and vote. As we do that this season, let's make sure to keep in mind women's equality.