First it was Michelle Bachmann claiming that God gave her a “sense” that she should run for President. Then Rick Perry said that he felt God calling him to run just prior to announcing that he was joining the race. Rick Santorum didn’t say it was a call from God, but his wife did.
And now it’s Herman Cain’s turn to make the same claim: Cain: God Told Me To Run.
WASHINGTON (October 10, 2011)—GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday he didn’t want to run for president, but God called him to join the race.
The Republican candidate told CBN News that’s why he believes “God’s been in this from the beginning.”
Cain said that when he felt God calling him to run for president, he resisted just as Moses did after being called by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.
Like Moses, Cain says he told God, “You’ve got the wrong person. You can’t be talking about me.”
Interestingly enough, Rick Perry also claimed he didn’t want to run for the Presidency, but felt he had to:
“I’ll be real honest with you, I don’t wake up in the morning – never did and still don’t today – and say, ‘Gee, I want to be president of the United States,’ ” Perry, 61, said by phone last week.
I suppose there’s a chance that there exists a God that might be bored enough to decide he should encourage someone to run for president, but what are we to make of him telling the same thing to four different people? You’ll note that none of them are claiming that God told them they would be president, just that they should try for it. Obviously all four of them can’t win so God’s setting three of them up for failure (assuming one of them does win, otherwise it’s all four of them). That seems a little cruel, don’t you think?
Of course, there is an alternative to the God-is-just-dicking-with-them theory. I believe it was Susan B. Anthony who once said “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
More often than not that seems to be the truth.