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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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  1. matt

    The biggest joke is that you (the author) are asking these BS "questions" as though they are serious or deserve merit. Lets all just face facts, all of these charlatans are only using "God" to get the support of the mindless sheep. It's just a dog whistle, pandering of the lowest form.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  2. mark

    Proof that God does answer prayers. Either that or he loves a good punking.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  3. Tom

    Did God say they'd win?

    January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  4. Jesus'srevenge

    Jesus was the best progressive, healed the sick without healthcare, raised the dead without taking fat donations, disobeyed the conservative principle of poor need to die. The conservatives in revenge cricified him now Jesus strikes back! what batter way, than to destroy the careers of these anti christian dirt bags trying to exploit naive Christians into believing their anointment.
    Look up SanCtOrums saying on helping the poor when questioned by a theology student. Makes one believe that if you are a neocon Jesus is your enemy

    January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  5. TC

    While I do believe that some people do get direct messages in one ofrm or another; too many people mistake their own will for that of God's. We should all seek to do God's Will but it is very arrogant and immature in faith to be so certain in specific actions we must take. I look for humilty first. Any person who really has been called by God has the humility to tell you what they believe and feel but not so arrogant to tell you what they KNOW.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  6. Timothy C

    Maybe they were indeed called upon by God to run, but God didn't like what they had to say...

    January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  7. Michael

    one should never take the "Lord's Name" in vain, translation, do not use the character of God to underwrite your personal/political agenda, or you'll end up looking' like a fool.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  8. Sue Zahnd

    I suspect that if "god" is paying attention; she is not laughing...Good grief who would want to be "christian" as espoused by people who show mostly mean-spirited, selfish, egotistic, dogmatic (not spiritual), judgmental (as in "Jesus loves me more than you") "virtues"? JMO that they give the "gods" a bad name, especially the "christian" ones.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  9. Dan

    God may have asked them to run, but that doesn't mean God wanted them to win. God may ask you to do any number of things, for any number of reasons. Perhaps God wanted them to run in order to strengthen the opponents, or perhaps he wanted them to run so that they may lose and therefore be humbled. I'm willing to accept that God asked them to run, but I never for a minute believed he wanted them to win.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • The Lord

      Hello Dan. This is god. Your god. Look, I need a favour from you. Another poster just handed me 50 kilos of cocaine. Could you hang on to it for me? You know, like, just for a couple of days?

      January 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Shpaget

      If everything is God's will, why does God have to ask for, or want, anything?

      January 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • atheist

      Good point Dan. God works in mysteriously stupid, opaque ways, and apparently he refuses to communicate effectively.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • JoJoBangBang

      Ah, that's right Dan. God said to them "hey, why don't you go out there and run for president, ...name drop Jesus as often as possible, humiliate yourself on your lack of knowledge of the issues, and then quit early" "that's my will".

      January 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • J.W

      Maybe God wanted people to see how crazy conservative fundamentalists are

      January 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  10. Yes, master! I am your loyal and subservient helpmeet!

    Michele Bachmann will return to baking sugar cookies and casseroles, as her supporters secretly want her to.

    It's no accident that her candidacy waned as male expositors of the fundamentalist theos appeared on the scene.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  11. Shpaget

    Never forget...

    When we talk to God it is "prayer".

    When God talks to us it is "schizophrenia".

    January 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Cyle

      Sadly, only 10 out of 4 schitzophenics are ever diagnosed properly.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  12. ATLmatt

    God, IF you are really there and looking over this wonderful earth, then please answer me this one prayer – please protect us from your true believers and followers. They are a mean, hateful, vile, and self-absorbed bunch. Thanks so much.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Mortalc01l

      Bravo! Spot-on Sir.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  13. the kat

    Whats the greatest trick the devil played on the people, he told them he was born of a virgin, and died for our sins and he arose again. So now follow him and well you know the rest of the story (i.e. the killing of peoples in the name of GOD (i.e. the devil)

    January 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  14. Tim C

    God may have called, but he doesn't vote.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  15. John Marshall

    Saying you are being called by God to do something may be strange to atheists, but it is not as strange as having a lifelong preacher who baptized your children and married you who claims that the USA infected Africa with AIDS and says we deserved 9/11. That would be Obama.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • atheist

      Really? Obama said that?

      I can make stuff up too. Remember when Bush said he wanted to send gays to concentration camps? Yeah he said that.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      that sounds more like jerry falwell than obama. it amazes me the crap you make up and the other crap you believe.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Mike

      ...who is a lifelong Christian. Case closed.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Shpaget

      athesit and altmatt are evidently functionally illiterate.

      The OP said that Obama's PREACHER said those things, not Obama.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Well, no.

      John is saying, somewhat akwardly, that it is the pastor of president Obama who said those things.

      Which he did.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • The Lord

      Hello John Marshall. This is god. The god you love and adore. John, I've been taking some flack for your fact checking, but I just wanted to say this one thing in your defense: I know you mean well. I know your heart is pure. And when the time comes, I know I can count on your blind ignorance and cache of automatic weapons to defend my children from the lefties. Keep up the good work, John!

      January 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Well, no.

      *awkwardly*

      January 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Drew

      Hello, people. He didn't say Obama said that. His preacher and mentor of 20 years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, did.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  16. markusp

    God told them to run for president. But clearly, they didn't place enough money into the collection plate at church. Just a few more dollars, and god would have them win the election. A crisp $100 bill will send you to the front of the god hotline!

    January 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Slovensko

    I dont know any of the candidates personally to be able to gauge whether or not what they are saying is authentic, it is not outside of the realm of possibility that God could have called them to run for President, not to win, but to teach them something that He wanted them to learn. Just because God calls you to something doesnt mean the outcome will end up like you think it will.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Mjones

      You are right on. God may have called them to run. But only God knows the lesson he was teaching them. Humility is one of those big things I need to learn

      January 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • gpriley1

      U r so right!!!

      January 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • The Lord

      Hello Slovensko. God here. Look, I thought I was teaching you a lesson when I gave you cancer of the bum, but the dire state of healthcare in this country has kept you from getting a diagnosis. So let me just go out on a limb and say it: ease up on the cheese spread! Seriously...save some for the rest of us. Christ almighty...

      January 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  18. atheist

    "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Rome, 5 BC – 65 AD

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
    Susan B. Anthony, US, 1820 – 1906

    January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      these are great quotes...

      January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  19. robert frost

    God says: see what happens when you listen to me? BAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  20. Cyle

    My imaginary friend told me to run for office...

    now replace "imaginary friend" with "god", "allah", "ghanesh", "leprechaun" or any of this worlds fairy tales and you understand how insane that statement sounds to an atheist.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
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