God’s eclectic electoral tastes

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.”

The French writer Valery wrote “stupidity is not my strong point.” Well, some people appear to be better at it than others.

If God is in the election business, then God has eclectic tastes. Not only does God aid democrats, republicans and independents, seemingly the Creator of the Universe is friendly to communists, tyrants and corrupt officials – all of whom have periodically claimed victory at the ballot box.

God does not choose which football team will win, which movie will triumph at the box office or which candidate will garner the most votes. There are three reasons for this:

1. It would take away the free will of the voters. Perhaps Ms. O’Donnell would approve of that subversion, but it is rather anti-democratic.

2. The identification of one’s interests and views with God’s – without a saving hint of irony – must surely be among the minor annoyances besetting the world’s Sustainer.

3. In making God small, candidates who claim God’s endorsement seek to make themselves big. They do not succeed in either direction. God remains unfathomable, and they remain, well, unfathomable. But in a different sense.

We can believe that certain causes or ideas are in line with God’s wishes for this world. Surely we seek to do God’s will. But to personalize Divine preference — to assume that God wants ME — is self-aggrandizement on a pretty considerable scale.
At this late date in human history, can such fatuousness still be taken seriously on the public stage? Apparently so. What a pity.

David Wolpe
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    In making God small, candidates who claim God’s endorsement seek to make themselves big. They do not succeed in either direction. God remains unfathomable, and they remain, well, unfathomable. But in a different sense.I agree with you Mr. Wolpe. I wonder, if you subscribe to the same view about Joshua, Jephthah, et al.We can believe that certain causes or ideas are in line with God’s wishes for this world. Surely we seek to do God’s will.Oh! really? That’s what the slave owner believed too and so did Martin Luther King Jr. How do we objectively determine who is right?At this late date in human history, can such fatuousness still be taken seriously on the public stage? Do you know something we all don’t know about the lateness in the history? You must have some secure communication channel.Apparently so. What a pity.Agreed, it is definitely a pity that there were bout 3000 more republicans who voted for her than against her.a

  • lepidopteryx

    Rabbi, you said what I was thinking, and much more eloquently than I could have said it.

  • FarnazMansouri2

    Rabbi,Excellent post. Now, I wonder what you think of this:In Hindu mythology, Vena was a great king. However, he became evil and corrupt. The world became so gloomy and dark that the earth-goddess Bhumidevi decided that she would not provide crops to humans anymore. She took form as a cow and went into hiding. Meanwhile, a group of Rishis killed Vena out of anger. They then rubbed the thigh of his corpse, and took out all the evil from his body. Afterwards they rubbed Vena’s arm, and the good Prithu emerged. This being was Vishnu incarnate, and as soon as he was born, Vishnu’s Sharanga bow fell from heaven into his hands.The problem for some, simply put, is that their kings and gods are identical. Know much about the Dalit, Rabbi?