Cheryl Rios is the CEO of Go-Ape Marketing in Dallas, Texas. But yesterday when she made headlines, it wasn’t due to her business. Instead, it was her reaction to Hillary Clinton’s somewhat anti-climactic entrance into the 2016 Presidential race.
It seems that Ms. Rios not only opposes the idea of Madame President Clinton specifically, but Madame President in general. The President, she claims, should always be a man.
“There are Biblically sound reasons that a woman should not be President…that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man. We’re built differently, we have different hormones. In the world we live in, we have equal rights and I support all of that. I don’t support a woman being President.”
Indeed, the Bible does have a few passages that leave feminists cold. 1 Timothy 2:12, for example, says that women should not be permitted to teach or to usurp authority over a man. Of course, when one looks at the verse in context, it speaks specifically to authority within the Church.
It is very important to note here that the Bible very clearly delineates the distinction between earthly institutions that are meant to reflect the Kingdom of God (such as the nuclear family and the Church)and those that reflect the Kingdom of Men (secular institutions such as governments, schools, and businesses).
It is important to note this because the Bible is also full of examples of women who were chosen by God and given authority over men in such earthly pursuits. For example, there were Deborah the Judge and Esther the Queen in the Old Testament, and Lydia in the New Testament, who was essentially a business magnate.
The misapplication of theology is only part of the problem, and the other part is even more concerning: how - and why - does a random Facebook post make headlines?
Don’t get me wrong, I understand how personal posts can gain momentum and go viral. But something seems a little bit too convenient about this particular post.
Consider: the day after Hillary Clinton announces her bid for the Presidency, the post that makes headlines can be used to simultaneously smear conservative Christians and business owners.
“Christians are anti-woman.”
“Conservatives will never allow women to be as powerful as men.”
“Business owners are out of touch with working people and the middle class.”
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I smell Clinton operatives trolling social media and looking for keywords.