I’ve watched debates, read articles, and seen television interviews for years. Each election it seems to reveal more and more of media bias. It’s not just against conservatives, but in particular, conservative women. We all know the barrage on Palin. For most reasonable, honest, respectful people, the face of David Letterman became too much. Quickly the remote control was turned to the weather channel because of the bombastic, foul language, attacks on her and her children. The arrogant elitist countenance on the man’s face was enough to make your HD flat screen melt.
Enter Michele Bachmann. The debate in Iowa revealed a NOT so balanced and fair questioning of the only woman on stage. Byron York, of the Washington Examine, asked a question that is NEVER asked of male candidates. He asked “In 2006 when you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law. You said you hated the idea.” York continued: “And then you explained, ‘But the Lord said, Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.’ As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”
Here in lies the rub. Male candidates on the stage also profess to be Christians. It’s obvious that Mr. York NEVER checked the references to scripture of which Congresswoman Bachmann spoke. He NEVER did his research or homework. Had he done so, continued in the same vane with the men in the debate, it would not have been as profound a offense. Let me clarify the scripture in context to make my point:
Ephesians 5:22-25 (NASB77)
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her;
Did Mr. York think to ask the men “Do you LOVE your wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for it? Are you willing to die for your wife? Do you love your wife to the point she has NO fear in being submissive to you? Do you think she trusts you as she would Christ?” I think Mr. York is sexist. I wished I could say he was the only male media person to show themselves in this way. Alas, he is not. NOW! Let’s clarify submissiveness:
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB77)
3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
What was that? God the Father is the head of Christ the Son? What? I thought the Triune God was three persons; all equal?
Philippians 2:5-7 (NKJV)
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
OK God the Son is equal to God the Father. Plain enough!
Equal with God. Being submissive is NOT less than. It is more of a military type term of rank. Not less in personhood. It is akin to any organization to make it run and work smoothly. Some think that being submissive to a husband is all the man’s privileges. Not so; it is the opposite. It is the man’s responsibility. If he makes the wrong decisions that affect his wife, and family in a detrimental way, he answers to God the Father, and the Son. This is not privilege. It is a position of duty on the man to care for her and his family. It is a daunting responsibility as was the death of Christ to secure our salvation.
Do I think media sexism abounds. You bet I do. Byron York and the Fox News panelists have proven it so by trying to defend it. Media elites just don’t like women candidates and they will try and undercut them every chance they can.