When It Comes To Presidential Politics, Does God Have a Sense of Humor?

Herman Cain has been running for president for quite some time, in comparison to some of the others in the race. But now that he’s beginning to struggle, he finds himself having to justify why he doesn’t just drop out.

Now, he’s giving the classic GOP answer — God told me to run.

The National Journal reports Cain telling a crowd this weekend that, “I prayed and prayed and prayed. Im a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than Id ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. Youve got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?…I did not look back. And one of the misperceptions that some people have, (is) that Im not in this to win it. Im in this to win it, or I wouldnt be in it! Im not going anywhere!

God may have told Cain to run, but God seems to be choosing a lot of candidates for 2012. God also told Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to run, and later asked Texas Governor Rick Perry to run, too.

So, based on who began running first, God must have contacted Cain, then Bachmann, then Perry, right? And oddly enough, each campaign He has chosen seems to have done the same thing — had a moment of being the leading candidate, then eventually went down in flames.

Either God’s not being terribly picky, or He’s having a pretty good chuckle right now.

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173 comments

Christina B.
Christina B.4 years ago

There is something profoundly wrong with the way this man demonstrates his religious believes (*if* he's being sincere about them).

Are there people who are seriously thinking about supporting him?

Barbara V.
Barbara V.4 years ago

I don't think God is choosing candidates; if he is, he surely has a peculiar idea over what makes the ideal American president. No, I'll take that church sign announcement that said: "Gov. Perry, God here. Those were not my words. Take your meds."

The GOP and its creepo Tea Partiers have gone totally off the wall. I am constantly astonished that ANYONE would take them seriously.

Yvonne Fast
Yvonne F.4 years ago

Where do the Repuclicans find all those clowns? The only way you Americans can vote is for Obama! I hope, for all of us, that you realize that!

Laurie Greenberg
Laurie Greenberg4 years ago

Hey, Cain, did God tell you to wear that purple jacket and that hat? Well, that was just like the time He/She told you to run for President- He/She was KIDDING!

Roberta T.
Roberta J.4 years ago

I did not even read the story. I have to say that the headline made me want to say - according to the Bible - NO - God does not think any of it is funny. The inspired word of God say that it does not belong to man even to direct his own step. Man is not meant to rule over man. man has done a mess of it - because it is beyond mans capabilities. The current governments are only allowed to exist for this time. They will be done away with and God's purpose will be restored. God doesn't take sides in this political arena... or any other competetive arena on Earth.

Jim Gayden
Jim Gayden4 years ago

Great comment Rosemary G. Thanks for the good laugh. Apparently all these candidates who supposedly talked to god are delusional, so therefore should be institutionalised. I don't discount the possibility that a god exists, or even that the holy bible is completely wrong. But it is pretty obvious to me that we do have free will, and that if there is a god, that he has abandoned us a long time ago. So it is pointless, and even delusional to believe that god is communicating with anybody in any way.

Toby Seiler
Toby S.4 years ago

Dylan, Somehow I doubt that Cain has any real desire to live in Isreal, although it would not hurt my feelings if he did, sooner rather than later.

Toby Seiler
Toby S.4 years ago

The Lord works in mysterious ways. Cains proof of that, I believe I agree he has misinterpreted what God may have told him.

Robert F.

God also told Bush to run for president, and he began to dismantle our democracy in the name of his war and national security. There is a class of serial killers called visionary serial killers thaqt can be divided into two categories. One claims that Satan told them to kill, while the other category claims that god told them to cleanse the world of sinners.

Cain is in good company.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas4 years ago

comparing himself to moses, is funny, because in the end moses never made it into the promised land.