Just wanting to bump this up for new (and great!) comments.
This is easier for me than commenting back to you, Lori. I hope you don't mind. If anyone wants to catch up on the discussion thus far, you can read these two posts and comments.
So I get what you're saying. I really do. When I first started to process her nomination I had to work through what I thought of a woman working outside the home. I'm not thoroughly familiar with Deborah so I cannot comment on that. But I do know that the Proverbs 31 women was definitely a working woman. I think to say that the only way God intended families to function is for the mother to be at home can lead down a very divisive slippery slope. You then wind up saying that only homeschooling is right. Or that only courtship is the right way to find a spouse. Or that people who stop nursing their babies after a year are committing a mortal sin ... you know what I mean? I just don't think my God is that narrow-minded. There are definite black and white areas, don't get me wrong. But I'm just not willing to say that a mother staying home all the time is one of them. I don't want to be so naive as to think that my box is the only correct box. I don't want to be so judgemental as to think that my way of life - in all its typical conservative Christian ways- is the only way a conservative Christian can serve God. I don't want to discount Sarah Palin because her life looks nothing like mine. Do I feel called to run for political office? Nope. But who I am to judge whether or not God has called her to do so?
I honestly believe that if Obama wins this election we will see some big changes in our country that many of us will not like. To be perfectly honest, it frightens me a bit. If McCain had chosen a typical white, middle-aged male for his running mate I don't think he would have any chance of being victorious this fall. In order to catch the attention of the general public, McCain had to do something he'd never done before and something no one expected him to do. He did. And (not to get to dramatic here) but who am I to say that Palin wasn't chosen for such a time as this?
Anyone else have a thought?