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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. oh really

    God should get a Twitter account so we can all hear his tweets, not just these three......

    January 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  2. Question Everything

    It's absolutely comical to listen to believers squirm as they attempt to describe to you how god can perform such specific actions on Earth. As if, the creator of the hundreds and thousands, infinite galaxies has the time to dwell with us little peons. There has never been a single drop of evidence that such a super-being ever existed let alone if there was one, whether that super-being even would consider us. If there is a god, he most likely does not give a $ hit. Get off your knees and live your life.

    January 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Penobscot

      It always makes me laugh that the same requirement to REALLY know if God exists is the same requirement to REALLY know he doesn't exist. So far I'm not sure anyone REALLY knows, meaning that both the devoted believer and the devoted atheist are equally faithful.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  3. oh really

    God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh

    January 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  4. Leah T.

    They are disobeying God by dropping out. Big punishment coming! 🙂

    January 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  5. Penobscot

    It looks like the only one God is calling so far is Mitt Romney. I bet that boils the evangelicals' blood...

    January 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  6. cleophas

    God and politics do not necessarily go together. Running under the umbrella that God told someone to run for president is in a sense a blasphemy. All these candidates are playing with the emotions of people who are just "God fanatics." When Godly people will use their reason and critical thinking, they will find out quick that Perry, Bachman, and Santorum never received any mandate from God to run. Has God told them to run, he would also have given enlightenment to the people to know who to vote for. Why in the world would God choose so many people to run for the same and one position in office?

    January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  7. us1776

    This is what happens when you rely on "Non-Existent" beings.

    .

    January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  8. Ben

    This is a horrendously narrow view of God. It implies that God always wants us to succeed. Sometimes, God wants us to fail. God may well have wanted these three people to run, and fail. However, since I am not God, this is only speculation

    January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Allen

      ORRRRR, MAYBE...JUST MAYBE...check this out. MAYBE those candidates are full of SH%T.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  9. oh really

    ....maybe God dialed the wrong number when he told these three to run. Having the three drop out his his way of correcting his mistake.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  10. JohnR

    Delusional fools are delusional fools. It's that simple.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  11. skeptical believer

    I believe God calls people to do things, but I do not believe He called all these people at once to do the same thing, that s, run for president. And I do not know what happenned, if they did not get the right impression, were listening to their own feelings, or what. The Republican 2012 primary race is a media circus. I think it would behoove all the candidates to leave God out of it in their public discourse. It doesn't do anything for Him, and it makes them look ridiculous. Oh wait, they want the evangelical vote. They can forget mine because I'm voting for the president. Maybe they need to focus more on what people actually want, not helping the wealthy bankers and blocking Federal appointments to help consumers. I may be a social conservative, but I am an economic moderate, and GOP policies sound poised to take us back BEFORE the Great Depression.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Unlikely

      They were full of.....

      January 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  12. God told me to post this

    Why would God tell three different people to run for president? If God told me to do something and I told people about it, I would be put into a mental hospital. But yet these three goofs are still running around.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  13. RF

    As Voltaire said, "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

    January 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  14. Redleg

    I, for one, do not believe that Clapton ever said squat to these losers and perverts.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for gods and other nonexistent things

    Prayer changes nothing.
    Prayer has wasted time throughout the course of history
    Prayer defines idiots.
    Prayer gives you lots of practice on your knees.
    To the master the bible says you can have many slaves.
    Prayer opens the bowels like high fiber Raisin Bran.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • The Phist

      Prayer turns logical people into atheists.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  16. JustinRule

    A call by God to run doesn't mean God's purpose was for them to win. Maybe it was to teach them humility. Seriously.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Marc

      Ya, that was it. That, and to waste millions of dollars of other fools like them. I'm all for it.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • bill davis

      Yeah, right, Dumbo. He's got nothing better to do than teach humility? How 'bout teaching the rebels in Liberia to quit raping women, killing their husbands, and making their wives eat their genitals? You think I'm kidding? True story. People like you are so simple-minded.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Kay

      Granted, I'm an atheist...but, for a believer, that's as good a reason as any 🙂

      January 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Traveler33

      Cite one example in Scripture where that seems to be GOD's modus operandi...setting people up for failure is human not Godly like...James 1:13-15

      January 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  17. AvdBerg

    The above article by Stephen Walsh is misleading and void of any spiritual understanding.

    The spiritual truth is that any GOP candidate that claims he/she was called by God is a lie as they were never called by God in the first place.

    It is sad but true but all the GOP Candidates claim themselves to be a Christian, which is falsehood as they follow after a false Christ (Matthew 24:24). During the debate in Iowa, Michele Bachmann was one of those candidates who described herself with great swelling words as a “so-called” Christian, but she does not know what it means as she has been deceived by the spirit of this world (Rev. 12:9). All the GOP Candidates do not know that they are spiritually blind and do not know what spirit they serve (Luke 9:55). Their faith does not stand in Jesus Christ but rather they do service unto them which by nature are no gods (Gal. 4:8). As a result of their spiritual blindness they do not know that they are all of the same spirit (darkness).

    For a better understanding what it means to be a Christian we invite you to read the article ‘Can Christianity or any Other Religion Save You’ listed on our website.

    To give people a better understanding of the principalities and destructive forces (Eph. 6:12) that control the Media, US Politics and the issues that divide this world, we invite you to read the articles ‘CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’ and ‘Influence of the Media’.

    All of the other pages and articles will explain how and by whom this world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9 and they will also explain what mankind must do to be reunited with God and to be able to understand the Bible.

    He that is spiritual judgeth (discerneth) all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (1 Cor. 2:15; 14:37; Proverbs 28:5; Gal. 6:1; Col. 1:9; John 3:8; 5:30; 8:15; 16:8-11).

    Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

    January 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • born again

      I want to have your baby !!!

      January 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • JJ

      Dear "God": Please save me from your followers.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • bill davis

      Brevity!! No one reads that bull, it's too long!

      January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Frank

      Wow, are we ever lucky! We get to read a dissertation by the ONE TRUE CHRISTIAN. Hallelujah! Wait, what about all those other sects that say they are the one true Christians, but believe just the opposite of this person? They have just as many verses to back up their claims. In fact, I have never met a Christian that doesn't claim his brand of Christianity is correct and the others are wrong, never once. Why would anyone join a particular sect that they don't believe is correct? See the problem is interpretation. Since no one can stomach what the bible actually says, it's get's interpreted into the Christians own personal world view. With interpretation, you can make this book say anything you want. And since each person interprets this into their own world view, they believe it to be the only one that can be true. That's why there is over 2000 christian sects in the world today. It's not because they all agree on who's the true Christian.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Kay

      Give it a rest. You aren't any better than they are, with all your judging and condemning and deliberate out-of-context citing of partial verses. Like it or not, *YOU* do not get to determine who's a "true believer" and who isn't.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  18. Zaok'e

    Why do you guys always attack religious people and religions in general? You Democrats always preaching about being "Tolerance of other races and stuff and yet it's not true. Everything about Democrats is all about Races and hate on Religions. You're all hypocrites, and why I stop supporting Democrats a long time ago.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • streetsmt

      We are not democrats, we are atheists! And usually we attack the religion, not the person.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Unlikely

      I'm not an atheist nor a democrat. So who here is stereotyping. You are

      January 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • The Phist

      Democrats are just as stupid as republicans. Politics are merely a means of placing one's self in a position of authority and monetary gain. There are better ways of doing that without being a public figure of sheer stupidity. Next time you complain about who's attacking who, you might want to figure out who the attacker is first. In this case, as with many people like you, you have it terribly wrong. There's a cap for that.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • God

      I hear you, my child. God doesn't like it when he is mocked. But mocking mythology is perfectly acceptable. Fortunately, there is no overlap between religion and mythology.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Doug

      Sorry Zaok'e I am a republican and I too think it is absolutely ridiculous that candidates believe or even mention that god was the reason they are running for president.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      It appears God's first language is not English. Religion = mythology! Or maybe he's working on using sarcasm?

      January 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • cariqunyil

      I'm an Atheist and a Republican. I can say categorically that evangelical Christians do not speak for me.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Kay

      I'm certainly not a Democrat...but I'm equally sure as heck an atheist. Maybe *you* shouldn't be making so many generalizations yourself???

      January 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Unlikely

      Real Gods, fake gods,, sort em out later. leave them out of the political landscape. Too many wars over who's god is real and guaranteed me land etc....
      god is an excuse. the most plausible the ignorant would follow

      January 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • JJ

      PRAYER DOES NOT WORK

      Many people find it comforting to believe that someone else is looking out for them, watching over them, and guiding them gently through the path of life. Indeed, life would be so much simpler if someone else were responsible for our destiny, for countering evil with good, and for ensuring that caring people enjoy a comfortable afterlife. Many well-intentioned but misguided people will tell you prayer is the answer to the problems of the world. They'd have you believe that if only you pray often enough and hard enough, you can realize your most precious goals. Unfortunately, this is not reality. The untold suffering throughout the world should be evidence enough that no benevolent creator is watching over us, helping justice and fairness to triumph. People start wars, people abuse children and animals, and there's no deity to prevent that. You are responsible for your own happiness, and you alone are responsible for your own successes and failures. Be an honest person for its own value – not from fear of spending an eternity in hell. Success in life requires hard work and logical thinking, and these are the values you must strive for.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  20. Vote pagan

    God is responsible for too many wars and untold billions of deaths. Anyone who thinks God told them anything should off themselves and do us all a favor.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
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