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. jobeycarl

    I rest my case!!!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  2. Andrew Roe

    Why ask "us" our opinion? Just ask God and he/she will tell you if it was a joke, or if it was serious. Right?

    January 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  3. carol

    Anyone that use's God/Jesus to sell themselves OR a product would never get my business/vote.
    If you can't get what you want by your own God given merits then you don't deserve it.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • abinadi

      In Utah, we call that, "Wearing your religion on your sleeve" and we feel the same way.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Jimmy

      In Utah you just banned happy hours, we call that "Glad I don't live in Utah".

      January 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • abinadi

      Well, I'm glad I do. My neighbors little girl was shot and killed in front of my house by a drunk who was out of his mind, so we haven't done enough yet.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Kelley M

      @Jimmy: LOL!

      @carol: I know, huh? You should be TOTALLY glad to live in a neighborhood where little girls get shot by drunks in front of your house! Good thing the really dangerous drunks only come out for happy hour!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  4. jenn

    OMG, it is soo funny reading these ramblings. And how conceited can you be to think that your rendition of god is the only one??? That is why I quit going...say so many versions of it and they all contradicted each other. In science something is not a truth until is supported by multiple experiments etc... and with god no two stories support each other, therefore they are only hypothesis. Of course I already know which of you will TRY to say something against this.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  5. drummerjoe

    I'm not going to argue whether God called them to run or not. But if God did call them to run, it doesn't necessarily means he intended them to win.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  6. Lowpro

    Well I think God doesn't exist, but people like using it as a relationship to morality; when you say you have God on your side it makes you come off as righteous. To me, I think it makes you come off as a liar who invokes imaginary beings to gain political favor.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Decision time.

    Do I vote for someone who does what the voices in his head tells him? Or not?

    January 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  8. Jimbo

    The truth is they used a story about a god to perpetuate they egostistical desire for more power with the believe that a percentage of the population was ignorant enough to believe them. The sad part is they were right, the funny part is there were multiple candidates to use this ploy and the ignorant believers did not know who to follow. Although Rick Perry might have just been drunk.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  9. Buggerlung

    Claiming that God wanted you to run is not the same as saying that God promised to make you president. It could very well be that God wanted each of these candidates to run, knowing full well that they would lose. There are lessons to be learned by failing. Lessons that maybe God knew they could only learn by running for president and failing.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • drummerjoe


      January 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  10. Lola

    None of them claimed that God promised them a victory. Maybe they do think they were told to run. I don't see how it matters one way or another.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  11. Ron Morgan

    I could not consider voting for anyone who says "God told me to run". I think that anyone who says that is either lying or delusional, not a character trait I would want for President.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  12. Twostones

    In a clinical definition of Schizophrenia..... is a complex mental disorder that makes it difficult to: Tell the difference between real and unreal experiences. ie hearing voices from God???

    January 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • George

      Of course most people mean inspired by God to run for president .... rather than hearing a "voice"

      January 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • KC

      When we talk to God, we are praying.... When God talks to us, we are schizophrenic....

      January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  13. Josh in San Diego

    People throughout history have claimed some divine mandate to lead. Every king or queen England has ever had has claimed to rule by divine right. All it is, or has ever been, is a way to rally support from a religious base. Or to oppress. We live in a country where church and state are supposed to be separate. If we want to elect someone who says they speak for God, let's choose a king or a pope or an ayatollah to lead us and get it over with. But for me, these people are missing the point of America, and I'll do my best to keep them out of office.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  14. Chemack56

    Repeat after me Teapublicans: There is no God, he is a fairy tale made up thousands o years ago before the advent of science.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  15. Goozleberry

    It's funny, but whenever people talk to God, He seems to tell them what they want to hear, whether it be "Run for President", "Hate gays" or "Fly airplanes into buildings."

    January 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • MacIan99

      Amen! He also tells people to send in 10% of their incomes, or more if they want to get to a REAL heaven, and not to ask too many questions about what happens to it.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  16. abinadi

    @JesusLives."7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3. "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." 2 Peter 1:20. Since neither you nor anyone in your church is a prophet, you have no right to say what is or isn't scripture nor do you have any right to interpret scripture.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • abinadi

      Sorry, but you belong to a false church, brother, and you need to correct your ways!

      January 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  17. Rick

    Sort of the same as the wide receiver who praises God after making a touchdown, but the safety that failed to stop him must bear the embarassment of knowing that God doesn't have time to help him out with a block.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  18. Jason

    Alright, so just say God did tell them to run, that doesn't mean he promised them a win. Those who believe God "tells" them to do something often believe that in doing so they learned something important.

    I'm not here to debate the existence of a god or gods but there's a lot more to life than winning.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  19. Connie in Tennessee

    Look what happened when the last one that God told to be President got elected! *8 years of W has sunk this country. Hope God stays out of it from now on. Let educated people pick a President.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  20. Raja Johnson

    God told them to run. Well, God told me to NOT vote for them. The end result shows whose side God is on really. LOL!

    January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
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