Blogger’s Note: After this post went viral all over the Internet, due to the emotional responses I received, I thought it important to change my “hook” title to say what I really mean. Also, this is not a sin issue in Scripture, just an opinion from a Christian woman who wants to apply all of Scripture to all of her daily life. This is just food for thought, but is ultimately up to you and your spouse to decide. There is no judgment cast on those who don’t agree with me. Thanks for reading!
From a Christian perspective, in a perfect, biblical society, I think married women should not have needed the right to vote.
I first heard that statement expressed by people close to me and I was aghast, sputtering. This marked a huge victory in our history! Women are equal citizens of this country! We raise the next politicians! We should have a say!
But these people went on to explain and they really convinced me.
Stick with me and make sure you read to the end.
This doesn’t apply to single adult women, as they have no head of their own home, and many are out in our workforces and living on their own.
This thought is for married women.
God has placed women to be under their husbands. He said, in the Garden of Eden, “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
He also stated it clearly in the New Testament: “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:22
Submission only works because Christ also told men to love their wives and sacrifice for them, to treat them with respect like they would their own body. So this is not a post to bash men, or to complain about their leadership, or to discuss men that are hard to submit to. Simply put, it’s about what women’s role is according to the Bible. And, like it or not, your husband is to be your leader and you are to submit to him. God compares it to the church submitting to Christ! That’s a lofty comparison!
Therefore, by giving married women the right to vote, I think that our country placed, in women’s hands, the right to go against their husbands in a very grand way. By having an equal vote, they can oppose their husbands and technically nullify their vote. A woman who votes against her husband’s vote, in my opinion, as I interpret Scripture, is out from under his authority.
If Christian women are not supposed to say to their husbands, “Forget you. You picked this pastor and this church, but I disagree, so I’m going to a different church,” (Now, feel free to appeal to him and pray hard if you feel like the church is a bad choice!) and if Christian women are not supposed to say, “I don’t like your rules in this house, so I’m giving the children opposing rules and you can just live with it,” then I don’t think it’s Biblical for them to be able to say, “I don’t trust you to elect the proper leaders for our country. I’m supposed to be under you, and you’re under the government, but I don’t trust you to elect the right boss for yourself and our family. I come out from under your leadership to nullify your vote by voting against you”?! That seems like such a high insult to me, and makes your husband’s opinion and vote worthless.
Married ladies, since we DO have the right to vote and we need more Christians and conservatives voting, I suggest the Biblical way is to vote the same as your husband, or, if you disagree with him, refrain from voting. But talk to your husband and see what he wants you to do. Talk to your husband about voting and appeal to him if you feel like he’s wrong. Ask him what he feels comfortable with. Ask him if nullifying his vote by opposing his has hurt him as the leader of your home. I think that we have been given extra power to vote and support our husband’s leadership for our family and influence on this country. We can change the nation together with our combined votes.
What are your thoughts? And have you discussed this topic with your husband to see how he feels and if he cares about how you vote? Have you searched God’s Word and prayed about this topic? And do you vote regularly with your spouse? It’s an honor to have this privilege. Let’s use it for God’s glory!