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What happens when candidates called by God drop out?
Kelly Oxford's tweet from Wednesday.
January 5th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

What happens when candidates called by God drop out?

By Stephen Walsh, CNN

On Wednesday, blogger and sitcom writer Kelly Oxford sent a tweet about the Republican race for the presidency that got a lot of folks asking: Is this God’s idea of a joke?

Oxford, whose Twitter feed was named by TIME magazine one of the 140 best of 2011, wrote, “Cain, Perry, Bachmann all claimed God told them to run for President, and all are out of the race. God is hilarious.”

It’s been reported that Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have all suggested that God called on them to enter the presidential race.

But here we are: Cain’s out. Bachmann’s out.

After returning to Texas to “reassess” his campaign, Perry announced he’s not throwing in the towel. Judging by his poor showing in the Iowa caucuses and the debates so far, however, many political experts think it’s just a matter of time.

The only one with supposed divine guidance who’s still in the race is Santorum.

So what gives? Did the candidates misread God’s supposed message? Does the defeat of a divinely-inspired candidate necessarily contradict a message from God?

We want to hear form you. What do you think?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (1,906 Responses)
  1. xmxm

    The candidates were making it up and God does not exist.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • JesusLives

      then you need to get obama out of the whitehouse too cause he claims to believe in god.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • xmxm

      All candidates either believe in God or are forced to say so because otherwise they will not get votes. Obama lies in the latter category.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Keith

      Good point. Where are all the cries by atheists to get rid of that wack-job Christian Obama. Certainly he must go.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • JesusLives

      15 trillion later.... and now the rest of the story

      January 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Kebos

      Obama is an atheist. He does the whacky religious talk to keep the insane part of the population from having a tantrum.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Greg s

    If God actually was involved with a candidate then I think we would see one heck of a candidate. These are just men looking for the religious vote, the fact that there out is more proof of God being angered over the use of his name then anything else.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • JesusLives

      i'm sure God is really angry at candidates telling the people of america to turn to God. whatever

      January 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  3. Poochie

    To Jesus lives:do us all a favor and go out and play in traffic after you're done playing with yourself.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • JesusLives

      Scared of God huh!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  4. Gesus Krist

    can you spell B S?

    January 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  5. robert frost

    God tells me he already kicked this creeps out of his house. He also said wants Obama there 4 more years.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Gesus Krist

      good one. God willing

      January 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Kebos

      I was told the same thing!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  6. MTP

    All it means is god dialed the wrong number.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  7. Curt

    I think a lot of folks feel they are called to this or that by God, yet in reality it is only their own ideology calling them. When someone's platform includes loving our neighbor as we love ourselves (no matter who our neighbor might be), then perhaps they actually are called by God. Until then, it is just more of the same...they are called to the ideals of the people who fund their campaigns.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  8. EternalBliss

    Well God is known for his sense of humor... maybe he figured we needed the entertainment.. even tho it was expensive.. wonder what kind of better things we could have done with the donated campaign dollars... oh well..

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • JesusLives

      a lot less than we could have done with obama's latest vacation!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • KC

      One upside EB... spending, no matter how inane, will help the local economy.

      JL – go away, please. Your rants are not only uninformed, ignorant and irritating, they are also just flat WRONG.

      January 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  9. Misunderstanding Anonymous

    You seem to completely miss the point. God did tell them to run. God DID NOT tell them they would win. In running for public office there is a LOT to learn and a lot can be learned by running. I was an elected official whom God told to run and won. In the second term God did not tell me to run and I lost and I am glad of it. I am also glad I ran because I learned even more the second time I ran.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • robert frost

      Actually, per God, you were fired!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • EPAB

      You need help.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  10. Kebos

    God telling them to run = Delusions of grandeur.

    No difference

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  11. Andrew

    It's called the "God Card" folks! Many have used it as an excuse to break-up with someone, ask someone to marry them (true story from my bible prof) and run for President of the United States. If someone uses the "God Card" on you or for their purposes then it is entirely false. Yes, God can and does work in mysterious ways to alter the pathway of the universe, however it is way more difficult than any of these political divas make it out to be. "Hearing God call you to something" should only be understood (as has been in Church history) through what scripture tells humanity, the actions of the Church (tradition) and through human reason. Discerning a call by God should primarily be understood that way. If someone does not then please be skeptical and see through their false ambitions, whatever they may be. For all disclosure I am Episcopalian.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  12. Ryan Shells

    Matthew 22:14

    "Many are called, few are chosen."

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • ariel

      sigh

      January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Kebos

      It will be a good day for humanity when "Few are called, none are chosen"

      January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • EPAB

      AMEN to that KEBOS.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Ryan Shells

      Kebos –

      says the liberal on the left. The republican nominee will fear God, or not be elected.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  13. Rob

    God doesn't care about any of this. For people to claim "god" told them something, they must be loony to begin with. Find science, not god, and you will win!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Greg s

      Science, Haha, Its wrong all the time, WhenaI scientist is proven wrong he just says this needs further study and moves on and out of site.

      Science thats the funniest thing Ive read all day!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  14. SixForty

    Hmmm, I don't see anything about where it says God told them to win. Just run. Maybe important things happened just because they entered the race. Maybe lives have already been touched and changed for the better just because they ran. Sometimes that's all God asks. "Do this for me, and don't worry about the result. I'll handle the details." Sometimes we don't get to see the flower that blooms in the end – it may be for someone else's benefit. God may just ask us to plant the seed.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  15. GaryB

    This is proof that God loves the advertising and broadcasting industries. By "calling" multiple candidates, God made certain that it was a Merry Christmas for anyone who is part of the campaign marketing industry.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  16. Nonny Mouse

    In all seriousness, I truly believe it's a phenomenon that is sometimes referred to as Vorbisism (named after a character in the book Small Gods who had this trait) : this is, simply, when someone believes they hear the voice of their deity but are really only hearing the echoes of their own minds.

    I think a lot of people who claim to hear gods talking to them are experiencing this, and it's not always bad, because our inner minds can be good guides with wisdom and instinct. It only becomes dangerous when someone takes it too far, and it's a fact that no matter what 'it' is, someone, somewhere will find a way to take it too far.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  17. gerc

    But God didn't tell they'd win, did He?

    January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Kebos

      Hey, be careful. God's a she.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  18. xRedfoxx

    Another great place for information on the candidates is The Conservative Scorecard, which is an easy-to-read description on the strength of the candidates on key conservative positions. The ratings are based on their prior statements and positions over their political careers. It can be found here:

    http://www.conservativescorecard.com/

    January 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  19. james

    If God had picked them they would have won – no one that God backs loses – unfortunately most of these right wing candidates use God as a tool to get votes from the Sunday Christians. Most of the right wingers are Sunday Christians they go to church on Sunday and lie, cheat and steal the other six days. To be a Christian is to be Christlike – none of the republicans running for president is the least bit Christlike – so be careful of blasphemous candidates.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Greg s

      To be a Christian means we are forgiven. It doesn't mean we dont sin!!! No one can be Christlike no one! We are all sinners thats something you cant stop you cant change you cant fake. And Church never saved a Soul on this earth, so a man going to church means nothing, Only the Holy spirit can save your soul, Nothing else will or can. Get it right folks before you talk nonsense about things you know nothing about! You end up just looking like a fool!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  20. Tim

    We have a lot of people in my neighborhood that have conversations with God and really believe that he speaks directly to them. The difference is that our people usually eat out of a garbage can and find that crystal meth is the gateway to their conversations rather than reflection on the amount of money thrown at them by wealthy Republican donors.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Greg s

      Your making fun of people who need God more then anyone else on this earth and for all you know maybe God is speaking to them! I hope so anyway!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
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