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. Voltairine

    There is no such thing as God (see Religulous) and all three of them were clearly schizophrenic.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  2. Terri

    I think the candidates are just using God to get votes, which is really sad. Any thinking christian should reject their candidacies because they are using God for their own power and personal gain.

    Any person who believes they are sincere when they bring God into the equation is naive, imo.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      THANK YOU.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  3. tobias

    what a bunch of loonies

    January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  4. Jim K

    They misunderstood the word "run." God should've added "away."

    January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  5. Sergio Monterroso

    It was God who said "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain", the problem is not with God, it is with these people that claim to be Christians but can not even obey His commandments.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Bagheera

      Nicely said. It is such a shame that people are taught to expect God to speak to them directly when He has already said everything in His Word.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  6. Chad

    The logic follows: Cain and Bachmann heard from God to get into the presidential race. They have now dropped out. Therefore, they must have been lying or deceived that they heard from God. It makes no sense. People can hear from God and decide to obey Him and then decide not to out of fear, doubt, social pressure, etc. Additionally, God might call someone to do something for a time being for a reason that's not clear and then ask them to move on to something else. That's why some friendships are temporary, some occupations aren't careers, etc. How judgmental and arrogant we all are when someone else fails in life, as if we are God ourselves and can see things so clearly.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  7. CTJason

    Well, it clearly isnt the case that the candidates just invented an endorsement from god, because that is impossible. And CNN clearly did their fact checking to show that 1) there is a god, and 2) it told each of those candidates to run. So now we just need to decipher why god would tell multiple candidates to run... My theory is that god is a Democrat and enjoys the buffoonery.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  8. MarkDC

    This just shows that the Cain & Perry & Bachmann lied..nothing else

    January 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  9. Bagheera

    The answer is God never told them to run. I do believe that God has spoken to us in the past, in particular, through His word, the Bible, and in His Son, Jesus. His message is not political, it is not social, and it is not a how-to-live-your-best-life-now manual. It is the gospel: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust in Jesus and His finished work on the cross, and you will be saved from the judgement to come and inherit eternal life.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Scott

      God help me, I have no desire to live forever. I'm too tired as it is now.

      January 6, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  10. Cory

    We are a nation that professes to be guided by morals. Morals are guided, for many, by their spirituality. That our leaders moral fabric may be influenced by spirituality is not a problem, in my opinion. However, the line is crossed when a politician uses the name of god for his or her own gain, i.e. to gain votes into a political office. Being guided by spirituality is fine, but using spirituality specifically to gain votes is an misuse of that spirituality.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  11. AndyG

    “The president of the United States (george W. Bush) 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

    January 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  12. Andy

    There is no god.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Curtis

      This. It's just that simple.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  13. Larry

    I believe it is entirely possible for them to be called by God for reasons other than winning the nomination. Entering the race was a means to an end, but the end was not necessarily winning the nomination or the Presidency.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  14. fortworthsteeler

    Just because someone was called to do God's will, doesnt mean that the ultimate prize and only prize was victory

    January 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Bob

      God doesn't call because god doesn't exist. If you think otherwise, present your evidence.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  15. Steve

    I think they've mistaken the voices in their heads for God's voice...they have meds for that now-a-days!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  16. everly

    There is no god. Get over it.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Karl

      How do you know?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  17. Karl

    God is not just hilarious but sometimes ironic. Maybe he told all these delusional characters to run just to snap them out of their trance, see reality, and humble them a little.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      I highly doubt they'll ever get the message, though.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  18. Adam

    Uh, its simple.

    1) There is no god
    2) Politicians play on the ignorant belief in a god to get votes.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  19. Godless

    If they mnention their faith, they should be axed. That is why we have separation of church and state.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  20. Andy from DC

    God only said to run. He didn't say to win.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
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