My plan is God’s plan

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God plan for her to campaign and ultimately, to win:

“God continued to strengthen and empower us when, you know, His strength is perfected in our weakness. And that’s what’s exciting because you see, that if it weren’t for faith, when all logic said it’s time to quit, we pursued. We marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now with such an important lame duck session you realize why we were to endure all that stuff.”



How should constituents interpret statements by politicians who see their campaigns and causes as part of God’s plan? How do you decipher God’s intentions for you?

“God continued to strengthen and empower us when, you know, His strength is perfected in our weakness. And that’s what’s exciting because you see, that if it weren’t for faith, when all logic said it’s time to quit, we pursued. We marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now with such an important lame duck session you realize why we were to endure all that stuff.”

Last week my wife Sharon and I passed an ice cream store and I jokingly told her that God planned for me to go inside and buy a large scoop of pistachio ice cream. (God’s plan for me seems always to be the same as mine.) Sharon found my comment mildly amusing and added that a small scoop was God’s plan for her.

Not so amusing are people who delude themselves or others into believing the equivalent of my ice cream parable. I’d like to think Christine O’Donnell is just pandering for tea party votes when she says her candidacy is part of God’s plan. Unfortunately, she probably believes what she says, and this has the potential of being not just stupid, but dangerous. Any candidate who believes God is responsible for her election is deluded, and deluded people can’t be counted on to make rational decisions.

I wonder if anyone else saw the irony of O’Donnell discussing on Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network how God directed her to run for the Senate. Pat himself received a sign from God to run for President in 1988 because his prayers were answered for Hurricane Gloria to move away from North Carolina. As Pat modestly said about his candidacy, “If I couldn’t move a hurricane, I could hardly move a nation.” Pat never explained why God’s plan was to humiliate him in the Republican primaries, where he couldn’t capture even one delegate in my conservative state of South Carolina.

With as much evidence as O’Donnell had, here’s just a short list of the countless people who felt assured they were carrying out God’s plan: Fred Phelps (“God hates fags”); Jim Jones (of Kool-Aid fame); Paul Hill (abortion doctor murderer); Crusaders (taking back the Holy Land); Osama Bin Laden (taking back the Holy Land); Ku Klux Klan (taking back white Christian America). I could go on, but you get the point. Let’s hope the voters of Delaware do too, on Nov. 2.

I don’t give the Senate high marks for recent floor debates on important issues of the day, but that body would sink considerably lower were a senator to rise and announce that God directed her to vote a certain way. Whether a politician is religious or not, I expect to hear good rational arguments for supporting an action. Perhaps I expect too much.

Since Christine O’Donnell believes homosexuality is an identity disorder because people are created in God’s (presumably straight) image, God would likely tell her to vote against repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Here’s what the gods told me: “Don’t repeal, but extend to heterosexuals.” At first I thought the gods must be crazy, but it makes perfect sense to treat gays and straights the same. Anyone who openly talks about being gay or straight must leave the military. I suspect my deity of choice is a pacifist, since we wouldn’t have enough qualified personnel to fight unnecessary and unpopular wars.

Herb Silverman
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  • MyraRubinstein

    Where does Herb get his ideas? 1. Not from God. and 2. He’s not telling.

  • bomhard

    I have one question for those who think they are following “God’s plan”: “Why is it that God’s plan always brings out the worst in us?” It seems to me that people use that as a pretext when they are trying to justify something that they know, down deep inside, they should not be doing. In O’Donnell’s case, how can she not know that she is not qualified to be a member of the U.S. Congress? Surely, if there were a God and he had any say in the matter, he would pick almost anyone else but her.

  • RichardSRussell

    “If you talk to God, you’re praying; if God talks to you, you’re schizophrenic.” –Thomas Szasz, psychologist= = = = = =PS: You know who the happiest people in America are about the rise to prominence of Christine O’Donnell? Michele Bachmann and Sharron Angle. Now they’re no longer the loopiest froots on the block.

  • lepidopteryx

    Herb, meet me at Baskin Robbins for a banana split – it’s God’s will.

  • DAN46

    Any candidate who claims his/her candidacy is an expression of God’s will automatically loses my vote.

  • jonesm2

    I certainly agree with Professor Silverman that candidates who believe that God is directing their actions are deluded. However, if there were a benevolent God, he or she would probably be upset by the fact that we humans routinely mistreat millions of dairy cows each year and “discard” them for pet food and shoes after they can no longer produce milk at a rapid pace. Make mine a Soy Ice Cream, double scoop!

  • dangeroustalk

    John Fugelsang recently commented on the Joy Behar Show that Tea Party Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell was “a one woman atheist factory.” This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section discusses O’Donnell’s claim that her campaign is guided by GodIt really is easy to poke fun at Christine O’Donnell. Just like Sarah Palin was twice and religious and half as smart as former President George W. Bush, Christine O’Donnell is twice as religious and half as smart as Sarah Palin.You can read the rest of my response to this topic:I will be responding to every issue posted in the ‘On Faith’ section. If you would like to be notified when my new response is up, please subscribe.

  • patmatthews

    Prove it ias GOD’s Plan. Actual proof is the most important of documentary, theoretical, and actual proof. prove it is GOD’s plan, otherwise the individual is just being arrogant asuming they now GOD better than anyoen else.I am a Buddhist and do not support GOD. I support people, something I can see, feel, and exists in my reality and not just in my own head, like some Christians.

  • ihopenot

    I personally pray about my decisions to do things, but I realize that God is just trying to teach me some lessons when I feel led to do something that fails. There are lessons in failure. As a result, I never feel led to do things for which I have absolutely no qualifications since I already learned that lesson. Too bad Ms. O’Donnel doesn’t seem to have been so fortunate.

  • haveaheart

    “God’s plan for me seems always to be the same as mine.”Lol. This is the crux of all religious hypocrisy. “I want to do this, so I’ll make it ‘God’s plan.'”In a scant dozen words, Herb has summed up the entire world of organized religion. Who knew it could be that simple?