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Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'
Michelle Bachman addressed students at Liberty University on Wednesday.
September 28th, 2011
08:20 PM ET

Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'

By Ashley Killough, CNN

(CNN) – Minessota Rep. Michele Bachmann gave one piece of advice to students at the country's largest Christian university: "Don't settle."

It's a line she's recently pushed to Republican voters, urging the GOP not to "settle" on leading GOP presidential candidates.

But on Wednesday she turned the phrase into one laced with heavy spiritual themes.

"Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you," Bachmann said in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The White House hopeful described her experience becoming a Christian as a 16-year-old, when she said she walked into a church one day with some friends and felt called to the altar.

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  1. Deadline_delayed

    A joke of a politician publicly speaking at a joke of a university. Nothing to see here.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  2. seerclearly

    In total contradiction to Jesus' teachings, Bachmann has fallen into the trap of thinking that the outside, "phenomenal" world is what matters. Yet Jesus taught that it is the inner world, the "Kingdom of God" that matters. Christians shouldn't be "settling" for the outside world not meeting their standards: instead they shouldn't be settling for their inner world not meeting Christ's standards. The outer always follows the inner. This is why the journey of the Evangelical is to feel every more powerless and angry, becuase the Evangelical keeps trying to make the outside world into the image of the Kingdom of God, while completely neglecting their inner world. It's like looking for your bed in the bathroom: you'll never find it, and being upset that the bed isn't in there just hurts you, doesn't help you find the bed.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • rpguy

      You are 100% correct. I get caught up in all the political turmoil, but I remind myself that God is in control, and He will determine the outcome. His will may be for this country to go down so He can be recognized again

      December 20, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  3. JFritz

    Isn't her 15 minutes up yet?

    December 9, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  4. Iqbal Khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn8jNdnGqYQ&w=640&h=360]

    November 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  5. James Briggs

    She isn't a Christian Christ loved loved the poor and comanded his people to care for them. She isn't an American because she hates the country I grew up in.

    November 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Fladabosco

      The gospels say more than once that Jesus told people to give up all their possessions if they want to go to Heaven, but people like Bachmann and Ssntorum etc. seem to forget this. Its inconvenient and no one will vote for someone who says 'I care about the poor more than I care about your wealth.' Sad, really.

      December 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  6. James Briggs

    Bachmann urges Christians. She isn't a Christian Christ loved loved the poor and comanded his people to care for them. She isn't an American because she hates the country I grew up in.

    November 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  7. raggmopp

    There is no greater human presumption than to read the mind of the Almighty, and no more dangerous individual than the one who has convinced himself that he is executing the Almighty's will

    November 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Captive Audience

      Amen

      December 7, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  8. brooksjk

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    November 18, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • jameser35

      I don't remember anything in the bible about the "four pillars". I don't buy any of it but aren't you "adding to gods word". This is always an argument that fundamentalist Christians throw at ALL other Christian sects. The best thing for atheism in this country are the hundreds, maybe thousands of different sects that are convinced their version of Christianity is the only way.

      December 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  9. bill

    its too late to tell us not to settle. we already took everything from the indians.

    November 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  10. Dr. Bombay

    Here's a novel idea for all candidates: How about focusing on explaining YOUR strategy for solving problems rather than hiding behind your religion and bashing other candidates? As a voter, I could care less about your choreographed public grandstands; how clever and entertaining your responses are during a debate; or how much your opponent sucks; and feigning anger about the current state of affairs. Show me what YOU have to offer and I'll decide for myself. Our electoral process has deteriorated into a freak show only Ringling Brothers could appreciate. The sad fact is, I've seen better diligence put forth by high-schoolers running for class president.

    November 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  11. Nord Jim

    Michele believes that all Christians are as unhinged as she is. She is doomed to disappointment, I think.

    November 6, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  12. steama

    She is such an idiot I am glad her time is up. I hate her type of christian fundamentalists. Hate 'em.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  13. MIke smith

    Simple Simon met a Bachmann going to an event. Said Bachmann to the Simpletons, "do not settle" Said the simpletons to the Bachman ; "what the heck are you trying to say , speak in english you chimp" .

    October 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • JP Penn

      Michelle bachmann truly does lack the intellectual prowess to become anything other than what she is...that is, a shameless manipulator. I become very concerned when a person with such an extraordinary lack of global wisdom is even for a second allowed to enter into the public debate. Her lacking any hint of real wisdom is precisely why she is the shameless, simple talking head that she is. I could almost throw-up when these pathetic right wingers use God to hunt and manipulate for votes!

      November 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  14. Jim K.

    Gepaart Vision: Go to the medicine cabinet, pick up the little bottle with the nice little pills that make you feel so much better. Take one and lie down for awhile, you will feel much calmer after a short rest.

    October 29, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  15. Gepaart Vision

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw OR http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009. These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against white population

    Ask your local newspaper/media why do they keep silent about crime/genocide !!? Ask them why do they KNOWINGLY participate in crime/genocide !!! BECAUSE SILENCE = CRIME !!!

    ANTI WALL STREET PROTESTS = TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP = COMMUNISM

    WALL STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD RACIALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE AGAINST WHITES !!!

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA !!! TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM) http://multiculturalismisterrorism.blogspot.com/

    THEY WERE MURDERING YOU WITH AND INSIDE OF THEIR CORPORATIONS FOR OVER 66 YEARS !!! THEY HAVE CLOSED DOWN ALMOST EVERY SMALL COMPANY(FARMS) IN UNITES STATES OF AMERICA AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND PROTEST FOR THEM AGAINST WALL STREET(because corporations = Wall-street) !!!

    THEY CRIME CONTEMPLATED AGAINST US PER EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION FOR OVER 66 YEARS AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where new Stalin is in place – PUTIN) !!!

    IF YOU PROTEST(YOU SHOULD), MAKE SURE TO RAISE SIGN WHERE DISPLAYED I CITE "66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE" OR GET LOST HOME IF NOT ALREADY HOMELESS(I despise people who starve to death out there and are afraid to say out loud what is truth...I despise people who only see themselves and do NOT care even about children of their own...children who will be turned one day in white refugees as seen on above video thanks to their parents who are awaiting...awaiting in fear to become homeless and what is inevitable at any given moment) !!!

    CREATE AWARENESS AND POST THIS VERY SAME VIDEO ON YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

    WAKE UP YOUR FRIENDS AND SAVE YOURSELF FROM AGONY(did you know that over one hundred million of so called minorities lives already in United States very today and as a result, over 450 million whites worldwide were murdered with economic genocide/oppression since WWII just as seen and proven in above video !!?)...

    THERE IS ESTIMATED THAT ONGOING GENOCIDE TREND WILL CONTINUE TO GO ON FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 50 YEARS IF NOT DESTROYED(is completed only 30% so far) AND IS ONLY MATTER OF TIME WHEN YOU ARE NEXT IN LINE FOR THE SAKE OF MULTICULTURALISM(TERRORISM)...

    911 WAS CREATED FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP(deliberately by CIA)....HOWEVER, WAKE UP EITHER WHAT IS TRUTH(sanity) OR WAKE UP TO LIES(insanity = with what your self elected governments have brainwashed you when forcefully jobless/persecuted....therefor­­e, I want you to think about "WAKE UP" when watching next time ALEX JONES = CIA)

    WHEN YOU WAKE UP, I WANT YOU TO WAKE TO YOURSELF AND NOT TO SOMEONE ELSE'S DREAM (ZIONIST/COMMUNIST/LIBERAL DREAM CATCHERS/THIEFS, WHO PLOTTED 911 TO WAKE YOU AFTERWARDS WITH ECONOMIC OPPRESSION IN A WORLD OF LIES !!!)

    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TRUTH IS !!? WHATEVER YOU WERE BORN IS WHAT YOU ARE(truth therefore) AND FOR WHATEVER REASONS YOU HAVE CHANGED(distorted yourself) SINCE 9/11 IS WHAT YOU ARE NOT !!!

    IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN WHITE POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

    YES , WE CAN..YES , WE CAN..WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive due to Afghanistan helicopter crash...thank you lord..aamen).

    Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ..YESSS, WE CAN....FISH CAN & TENT CITY USA CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES CAN(psycho Tucson)

    OS(B)AMA IS MOVING OUT OF AFGHAN FEW DAYS AFTER MY POSTING ONLINE(out of Iraq few months before elections) AND IS WILLING TO IMPROVE ECONOMY(genocide against whites) FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS(what is the difference between temporary and permanent jobs in USA!!?) !!

    ALL THESE JUST SO YOU CAN CLICK AGAIN ON ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES WHICH CAN BE ALL CONTROLLED(AND ARE CONTROLLED OR COMPUTER OPERATED) FROM A SINGLE CELLULAR PHONE(for entire USA)...JUST SO YOU CAN CHOSE AGAIN BETWEEN WHATEVER WAS ALREADY CHOSEN FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM BY ZIONIST/JEWISH LOBBY IN WASHINGTON DC.

    Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD & ILL) as those America best (Navy Seals) would also grew older and then you already know how it goes !!!

    WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APE !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !! STOP THE GOVERNMENT TERRORISM AND TERROR AGAINST WHITES WORLDWIDE IN THE NAME OF MULTYCULTURALISM OR NWO !!

    EVEN IF IRAQ WOULD BE WAR FOR OIL, VETERANS WOULDN'T NEVER EVER HAVE TO BE HOMELESS PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND NOR WOULD OUR PEOPLE DIE ALLOVER THE PLACE THEY DO AND TO VERY TODAY(never ending war story)...BECAUSE EVEN IF WAR WAS FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY, MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT WHAT THE CASE IS OR AGAINST WHITES(66 YEARS AFTER WWII, THEY HAVE EATEN YOU IN AND OUT LIKE IN GERMANY PRIOR TO WWII...all your sacrifice during WWII was for nothing and the worse is yet to come in America)...

    October 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • steama

      You are a sick freak. Please go find a rock you can die under.

      November 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Lifelike

      GV, Do yourself a favor and reread what you wrote and try to figure out what you can do in the future to not be a kook.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Dr. Bombay

      ...Cocaine's a helluva drug!

      November 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • rpguy

      YIKES!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  16. Hypatia

    Then she should be surprised when she meets Jezebel's end.

    October 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  17. augustghost

    Bachmann, Like Palin, needs to shut her cake hole and go away

    October 4, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  18. Hoovervilles

    @.........

    ......... said,

    "spam alert hit report abuse on all reality posts"

    The response of someone who can not face logic, facts, and reason.

    Can not stand the logic, facts and reason? Why then just silence it.

    Keep up the good posts Reality!

    October 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  19. John

    Don't worry Bachmann, I'm not settling. I'm voting Democrat, and I have people like you to thank for it.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Hoovervilles

      I agree. I also have to thank Bachmann, Perry, et al.

      October 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  20. Kelsey

    I thought the "great and almighty" god had eternal things in store for them- not anything to do with a man made nation on a planet where Satan is god.......... ohhhh now I get it- they are Satan worshippers.. explains it all.

    October 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
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