The 700 Club did a fawning profile of Ted Cruz last week in which Cruz talked about how Christians were supposed to be “watchmen on the wall” to keep society on the Christian path and that God was raising up people to fill that role. And he really hopes and prays that he was one of them.
Cruz: We’re to be watchmen on the wall. And I believe that there are pastors, there are leaders in the faith community all across this country who were placed in the positions of leadership that they are in today, just like Esther, for such a time as this. That is my hope, that we will energize and mobilize courageous conservatives all over this country, to pull this country back.
CBN: Do you believe you were put in this position for such a time as this as well?
Cruz: I hope and pray that I was. And I can tell you that I feel privileged at an incredible level to have the opportunity to be in the arena.
Here’s my question: How does one tell whether God put them in their position to save the country? How would Cruz himself discern whether that’s true or whether he’s just being ambitious? How does anyone tell? There are at least four Republican presidential nominees in 2012 who claimed that God had told them to run for president. None of them came close to winning the nomination. Yet all four of them would no doubt continue to believe that (or continue to say it; I’m assuming, for the purposes of this post, that they actually believe what they’re saying) to be true. Scott Lively said God told him to run for governor of Massachusetts and he got so few votes they could barely be counted, but he still thinks that God put him there and that he accomplished something. Seems to me there’s no way to falsify this claim at all. No matter what happens, they’ll just keep saying it.
Also, you need to watch the video of this to hear how Cruz affects this breathy, dramatic way of speaking that is usually heard from really bad preachers — or really bad actors.