Two Presidential candidates have come out to say that God has called them to run for the White House in 2012—Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann. Doesn’t this present a problem?
Now, let’s get the literal explanation out of the way immediately—it’s possible to be called to do something (run for office) while not being called to the office. So there is a technical difference there. We can’t question why God would ask you to run and not win, so what possible advantage could there be in stating this call?
If a candidate wanted to get the Christian Conservative vote, there’s no better way than by saying that you’re God’s candidate. However, what’s the statement that you’re making about anyone who doesn’t say they are?
But what if you say that you’re called, and you lose? What does that mean?
Technically, you can say the literal “I was called to run, not to win,” but what does that say about God—that He’s calling people intentionally to lose?
I mean, I don’t go so far as to say it’s unethical like the author of Dear God, Stop Calling, but I do think that stating you’re called to run is practically meaningless because of the caveat. It doesn’t say you’re called to be President—whereby, if you did not become President you could be exposed.
So, what’s the point?!