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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. g nelson

    when I was a young basketball player 7th to 9th grade I made the sign of the cross b/4 each foul shot. I thought that it helped. in 10th grade I realized that my god had better things to do and that I should practice and become a better shooter on my own. so I did and I did. God has better thing to do that look after these folks.
    tksgn

    January 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  2. Ajiba

    These holier-than-thou Teavangelics make me sooooo glad to be Buddhist!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  3. ChuckB

    If they were truly Christians, they would be aware of and honor the biblical injunction to not test or tempt God. By claiming to have been chosen by God to accomplish something and then failing to achieve the goal they are giving ammunition for cynics to create doubt in those of weak faith. Tim Tebow does the same thing when he flaunts his faith and then his team loses the game; you can hear the mocking guffaws of the non-believers. Discourse with God should be a privileged communication. Apparently they had no communication; they suffered a delusion.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • mfx3

      Yeah, using God as a marketing scheme is not cool with God. I'm sure He'll file a lawsuit anyday now.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • ChuckB

      You are having a ball with this, aren't you.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Mark Yelka

      "Apparently they had no communication; they suffered a delusion." Ah, the truth comes out about all who believe in gods.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • ChuckB

      Three isn't all.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Mark Yelka

      "Three isn't all." So, true. A very low number, in fact. Zero is even lower than three. And, that's the number of times that any god has left any real proof of his/her/its existence. God is a thing of the mind. Like a day dream or a nightmare.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  4. robert hunter

    Gingrich says America is exceptional. That's because God tells every American what he/she is to do.Santorum has a holy sounding name, his beliefs are "sanctified, so he believes.
    Bob".

    January 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • mfx3

      Santorum is a very holy-sounding name. Kids, let's google that name and determine its true meaning and origin.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  5. Greg

    If there is a god... Then he is laughing out loud right now...

    January 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  6. MazeAndBlue

    None of us should question a persons faith, period. To call GOD "hilarious" speaks volumes of that person's beliefs.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • mfx3

      It also speaks volumes that people get offended when other people question their faith.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Jesus'srevenge

      It's not a question of their faith but of politicians exploiting God for their own vested interest

      January 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Mark Yelka

      Why is it that religion "gets a pass" on being irrational and just plain dumb?

      January 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • HellBent

      So, MazeAndBlue, you don't question Harold Camping's faith? How come the world hasn't ended then?

      January 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • ron

      do you question the atheistic an agnostic belief also?

      January 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Steve

      What`s everyone talking about? What`s the fuss? God has already told Pat Robertson who the next president will be!!

      January 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  7. Sao

    people don't want God....that's why they're messed up in the head. God will confuse them...I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strenthen me....

    January 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Mark Yelka

      You can do all things? Wow. Please teleport over to me and tell me more! You CAN do all things, right? Nope.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • PBM

      But isn't The Christ the Son of God and therefore subject to God also.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  8. mfx3

    God seems to be as indecisive about which GOP buffoon to support this year as the conservative and evangelical fools who have made the past few months so entertaining for the rest of us.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • MazeAndBlue

      To mfx3:
      "God seems to be as indecisive about which GOP...." How could you write that comment.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  9. Faisal

    God Talked to Jesus Through angel Gibrael but these folks calim to take commandment from God directly 🙂

    Let's stop using religion for our own selfish goals.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Mark Yelka

      Let's stop using religion!

      January 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  10. Charlene

    I think God (being old) must have forgotten that He had told each of theml, at different times, to run. After realizing this mistake, God, (being Just) decided that the only fair solution was to have them all withdraw. He probably told them all to withdraw....but none of them are good listeners. ( I have noticed this, during the "debates" when they have been unable to answer the question that was asked.) So, God exercised his right to vote, via the Iowa caucus.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • HellBent

      Maybe god was too busy getting drunk off his own blood.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • L

      Nice 🙂

      January 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  11. bigfoot2

    I suspect that Cain, Perry, Bachman and Santorum were each looking in a mirror when they asked God for direction and saw what they wanted to hear. And although I don't think God appreciates rhetorical questions, what better way to obtain her blessing.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  12. Mark Yelka

    Pretend your god is a stone. Pray to the stone. Get answers. Follow the call of the stone. Discover you didn't understand what the stone said. Try again. Have some success? Bless the stone. Moral: if you believe in god, you're stoned.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • ron

      excellent!!!

      January 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  13. Called

    "Michele!"

    "Here I am."

    "Michele, run for the presidency."

    "Huh?"

    "Michele, run for the presidency."

    "Eh?"

    "Michele, run for the presidency."

    "What?"

    "Michele, GET A HEARING AID!"

    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  14. Romero

    They are right, their god told them that, the Bible says very clear that the god of this system of things is the devil, so yes that god spoke to them and tricked them.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  15. northernCA

    I'd think God would like to be kept out of politics

    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • mfx3

      He's just a marketing scheme for the GOP anyway. I doubt he has any opinion, since he's not real.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  16. AgrippaMT

    These Republican and teabagger candidates who claim God told them to run for President are no different than the Ayatollahs and the Taliban. They are all extremists.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Jesus'srevenge

      There's a big difference at least the Talibans believed in all not cherry picking like the repubs

      January 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  17. Chaz

    Its ashamed we don't have more Christians in office...this country was founded by Christians...now everybody and their mother gets offended and our value system is down the tubes...

    In God we trust....we are loosing our right to have faith in public. Its a RIGHT...

    maybe I am off topic...but can I Get a witness?

    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • AgrippaMT

      You are just misguided. You might as well worship rocks and trees.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • HellBent

      Go read a history book. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, and Ben Franklin, among others, were not Christians. 'In God We Trust' was added to our currency in the 1950s. Time to grow up and get over your baseless persecution complex.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • JudyAnneTx

      Actually, this country was founded by tax evaders and other criminals, not by Christians. But Perry would fit in with them very nicely anyway.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Cypher

      Maybe you should actually read what Thomas Jefferson had to say about religious freedom on his TOMBSTONE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Statute_for_Religious_Freedom

      January 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Andrewx80

      We already have a christian president so it your a Christian maybe God want you to stay the course and re-elect a liberal christian not a bunch of
      hypocritical liars.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  18. Ray in Texas

    "Many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Chaz

      Amen

      January 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Kent

      "Many are called, but few are chosen"

      The greatest part of the con, keep the stupid playing the game, just like the lottery.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • HellBent

      And some people lie through their teeth for personal gain, knowing that the sheeple will swallow the bait.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  19. What is truly hilarious...

    ....the questions at the end of this piece: "Did the candidates misread God’s supposed message? Does the defeat of a divinely-inspired candidate necessarily contradict a message from God?" - If you honestly believe God told these candidates to run for president, then you are an absolute idiot of the highest order.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  20. Burbank

    I think these are all people that will do or say anthing to get elected. Not people we want in office. They are either having delusions of grandeur or just plain liars. Whatever happened to "Thall shalt nor lie?" Hate Christian hypocrites, every last one of them! Creepy creeps all!

    January 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
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