Penny Nance is the president of Concerned Women for America, a legislative action committee. Their website’s “About” page has this to say:
We are the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over three decades of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.
In a CNN opinion piece today, Nance discusses how this election has divided evangelical women.
She should have looked me up. I could have given her a few stories.
“In about a week this will all end, and we will have a new president,” she adds. “Next we must begin to mend and unify even as women within the church.”
Nance wanted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to be president. When it became clear, however, that the race would be a choice between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Trump, Nance chose Trump.
She made it clear in her public statements that she questioned Trump’s commitments to constitutional principles and conservative values. But she felt the Supreme Court, and potentially a generation of socially conservative policies, were too important to risk on a third-party candidate.
The emphasis there is mine.
Does anyone else pick up on the maddening illogic of that?
She admitted that the position some evangelical women were taking was confusing to liberals and the media, but that the choices being made were nuanced.
Code for: We don’t know, either.
I get it. This election is difficult, and it’s testing the resolve of people of faith.
She also separated the evangelical women into three camps.
“There are those in the camp of respected author Beth Moore, who have had enough and simply refuse to vote for Trump,” she writes, citing a tweet from Moore, the founder of Living Proof Ministries in Texas.
“I’m one among many women sexually abused, misused, stared down, heckled, talked naughty to,” Moore tweeted earlier this month. “Like we liked it. We didn’t. We’re tired of it.”
Nance says many evangelical women on “Team Moore” will still vote for Republicans in down-ballot races to put a check on Clinton.
Nance calls the second group of evangelical women the “Burke Mom’s Group,” which she names after a “home school” mom she met in Burke, Va., “who helpfully suggested the Trump campaign hand out ‘barf bags’ for people to use after casting their votes.”
These women, writes Nance, “find the election of Clinton so distasteful they are willing to support a less than noble leader.”
Nance says the final group comprises the “die-hard Trump supporters.”
“These are women who have long been disgusted with the Washington establishment and feel that no matter who they support, nothing ever changes,” she writes. “They are looking to blow the system up with a disrupter.”
“These women, incidentally, don’t think Trump is one of them, but they don’t seem to care,” she adds.
“They don’t want him as a pastor or a husband or even a friend. They want him to swim the moat with a knife in his teeth. They don’t believe the polls and expect to win.”
So, Never Trump, Political Hostages, and Branch Trumpidian cultists.
What I find missing from Nance’s classifications are the Remnant.
The Remnant are those evangelical women who hold their principle and faith above any fear of what a President Trump or a President Hillary will do to this world, even if only a few of them are willing to stand.
These women are so determined to hold to God’s Word on the appearance of wickedness, that they will not endorse a serial adulterer, profaner, and cheat with the sacred trust of their vote.
2 Corinthians 6:3 NLT advises: “We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.”
What message does it send to the world when “Christian” women get comfortable with such a man as Donald Trump?
Don’t say nuanced.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 (AMP) warns: “Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it].”
Nance has sold the faith cheaply, as have too many other faith “leaders.”
If Concerned Women for America are concerned with bringing “Biblical principles into all levels of public policy,” they really missed the boat by stumping for Trump.
Perhaps they need a bit of encouragement?
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (AMP): “ And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom [using clever rhetoric], but [they were delivered] in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit [operating through me] and of [His] power [stirring the minds of the listeners and persuading them], 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom and rhetoric of men, but on the power of God.”
Maybe take off your political hat and get on your prayer mat, ladies.