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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. Hark

    Looks like CNN is hurting for discussion topics. Judging the quality of responses, it looks as though the bulk of your viewers are "idiots".

    January 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • FreddieLloydCase

      And yet you felt the need to comment yourself... hmmmm

      January 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  2. TheRationale

    The obvious answer is that no more than one of them could possibly have divine assistance...unless, of course, God's messing around. Or maybe the even more logical answer that God doesn't exist...might have something to do with it...

    January 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  3. svr600

    This is exactly why there is supposed to be separation of the church and the state. Unfortunately, no matter how much you believe in God, don't mix them up. You may not like the results.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  4. pessman partle

    How come God only talks to stupid people these days?

    January 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Keith

      Because they need it the most?

      January 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  5. Eric G

    “The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
    Sam Harris on George W.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  6. Hark

    Looks like CNN is hurting for discussion topics. Judging the quality of responses, I would suggest the majority of your readers are truly " idiots ".

    January 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • ....

      Pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot.

      Wow that was a pathetic comment moron.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  7. Anna

    So often in our lives we do not understand Gods' purposes. The fault lies with us, not God. The comfort we can take is that one day we will all meet God and then there will be no misunderstanding. Of course, at that time we will also find that there is nothing hilarious concerning our God.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Eric G

      Only a lack of any verifiable evidence.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Jared

      So God did not want to be understood? He created us in his own image but lacking the capacity to understand him?

      January 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  8. Bopeep

    God may have very well called them to run for President. I don't think they said he promised they would win. God calls us to many things but doesn't promise things will go our way, but HIs. Maybe He called them to run to be part of the discussion and the transfer of ideals and ideas which is always a good thing whether you agree with them or not. Not all Christians hate those who don't believe so don't be such haters at those who do. – btw. I do agree it is a good thing they are all out of the race.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • qwerty09

      Very well said!

      January 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Amused

      Since "God" doesn't speak or actually appear in a physical form, how does anyone ever actually get "called upon" by God to do anything in particular? Hmm? Isn't it FAR more likely that those people who claim to have been "called upon" are just delusional? Or that they are simply telling lies?

      January 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Jared

      OK so Christians dont "hate" us heathens, they just tell our children that we are all destined to spend eternity in a pit of fire. I guess we all define "hate" differently I HATE CHRISTIANS, AND ALL THE OTHER SELF RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!

      January 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Bopeep

      @Amused – I understand that a nonbeliever could view those who do believe as delusional or liars. Just because you don't understand something doesn't make it a lie. For a non-religious example... Is global warming a delusion and lie? It depends what you BELIEVE. And people are free to believe what they please. @ Jared- I said not ALL Christians... How is that you can hate all Christians, insinuate that to your children and you are different from the Christians who have condemned your children to a "pit of fire". I will assume you have have choice words for those Christians in front of your children as well. Spreading YOUR brand of hate. Hate is hate and it is wrong any way you look at it. And I supposed we have all been self=righteous about something.

      January 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  9. The Left Wing

    Is it possible that God wanted the pretenders to holiness to be discredited?

    January 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Eric G

      No, that is not possible, because there is no God.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Jared

      @ Eric to state there is no God is just as asinine as to state that there is. There is no way to state as fact things that are not knowable, The atheist are just as big a fool as the devout. Why is "I don't actually know" such a radical reply in regards to such questions?

      January 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  10. Steve

    It's no surprise. What's a better thing to say to born again christians to get their vote?

    January 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  11. badams

    If these candidates knew anything about God they would not be running for office but rather promoting the King God has already enthroned, Jesus Christ.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  12. HillClimber

    On 25 December 1979, God came to me and asked me to take care of someone being born at that exact moment. That person was being born at that moment in a city half the continent away, but I would not meet that person for about 30 years. That person did show – it was hell to say the least – but I helped that person. After all, that same soul had been my wife 2,000 years ago and 30,000 years ago and will be a spouse in a future incarnation and I did promise God. I did my job, and God helped me both during the period, and came back to discuss the period after the person had left. Yes, God does speak, does follow through, and does as He says. But these candidates? Must be the drugs – what else could have resulted in a Michele Bachmann or a Rick Perry except delusion. God doesn't joke around but surely has a sense of humor. After all, God laughed when I told Him my plans.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  13. prw

    Why not believe them. As far as I am concerned it should be taken as a message from God to the religious right to cease and desist in trying to force their incorrect man made ideology on others. I believe God put these people out there to show the errors of their way. Clean up your act. Do as you were instructed "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". As well as another saying, not biblical, "judge not lest ye be judged." I am sure that many religious people who feel that they are "correct" in what God wants will sadly find this out when approach the heavenly gates.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • johnp

      Or perhaps God was using them to call out His principles for people to choose or not choose? Who's principles do you choose? By the way sounds like you are the one who believes you know what God is thinking.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  14. Tom of Ohio

    I suppose Mrs. Bachman collect called God one too many times.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  15. frank

    how stupid can this article be? of course it is CNN!

    January 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  16. Thezel

    He told them to run, He never said they'd go far. He probably figured they all needed a lesson in humility..

    January 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Michael

      AMEN!!! For just a moment lets suppose that God did tell them to run - maybe God did – that doesnt mean that God wanted them for president – but it could mean that along the way thier running – affected someone else – or helped someone else – we may never know....God works incredible good out of our crazy situations - or those three are just pandering.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  17. Idaho

    All things are possible with God.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  18. Yep, what this world needs...

    Perhaps gawd was distracted by the Denver Bronco's playoff run.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • brayden

      haha, god is too busy with tim tebow to pay any attention to the election

      January 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  19. Greg

    I spoke to God this morning and it said Obama is going to win in 2012. So, you're all free to go back to what you were doing....

    January 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  20. Mike E.

    I ran for a local office and lost. I'm sure my desire to to enter the race came from the Lord. I don't know of anyone who would run for office and not do it to win. Sometimes the Lord has other reasons for someone to campaign.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Greg

      Sure Mike E. You keep telling yourself that.....

      January 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Cyle

      Absolutely you are sure that the "calling" came from "the lord", delusional behavior is like that. The voice in our head is very compelling because it is a part of our subconscious. The god concept is very believable because it seems that the diety knows your wants, desires, and "sins" – the diety knows because it's your imagination.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Ulises

      Duh, god is the type of person who would tell some one to blow millions of dollars for nothing when that money could have fed thousands upon thousands of starving children.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • johnp

      Yes Mike you are right! Because God uses all things for the good of those who love Him. And Ulises, Jesus had an answer for the very same question you have asked. He said "The poor you will always have with you".

      January 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • SouthCoastSkeptic

      You're sure your desire to run for office came from the lord why?
      What a convenient avenue on which to shirk ALL RESPONSIBILITY! God chose ME! Oops, he must have changed his mind.
      Another stooge for Jesus!

      January 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
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