CNN did a story about Herman Cain’s religious views and it’s got some serious crazy in it. The best part is when he says that God called him to run for the Senate in 2004, a race in which he was beaten so soundly that he didn’t even get 27% of the votes in the Republican primary. But he didn’t want to run — God made him.
Three and a half years later, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate, saying the decision had been divinely inspired.
“Being on a God-inspired fast track of success and surviving the many things that could have gone wrong was no accident,” he writes.
He woke early one morning to study the Bible as he wrestled with whether to run for Senate.
The Bible fell on the floor, Cain writes, and opened to Matthew 18, where Jesus asks, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” – the same words he would quote from a different gospel at the Crystal Cathedral.
Later that week, Cain writes, he heard a sermon titled “The Calling” by Alexander at Antioch. After the service, Cain consulted with the pastor.
Cain said he felt God was calling him to run for Senate. According to Cain, the pastor responded: “How much louder does God have to tell you something?”
Apparently God wanted to see him finish a distant third. But that’s nothing compared to God prodding him to run for president:
The diagnosis tested the faith of Cain and his wife, Gloria. But he saw the hand of God at various points in his treatment.
After the initial diagnosis, Cain’s Atlanta doctor wanted him to get a second opinion from a specialist in Savannah, Georgia, some five hours away by car. Cain didn’t want go, but then he learned the specialist’s name: Dr. Lord. That was the first sign.Later, Cain went to MD Anderson Cancer Center, a Houston hospital specializing in cancer treatment, after his business pal Boone Pickens called to get him in.
The nurse who gave Cain and his wife their orientation tour at the hospital was named Grace. Yet another sign, Cain writes.
And when it was time for surgery, the doctors explained they would be making a J-shaped incision. “Like J-E-S-U-S?” Cain asked the doctor. The candidate would go on to call the incision a “Jesus cut.”
“You see, the Lord gives you these road signs – that is, if you know how to recognize them,” Cain writes…
Herman Cain did not want to run for president. He did not want to be president. But God told him to.
In a campaign speech in early November, he told the Georgia Young Republicans he never considered running for president until he saw President Barack Obama’s “arrogant disregard for the people,” which he said weakened the county’s economy, military and standing in the world.
“That’s when I prayed and prayed and prayed. … More praying than I’ve ever had to do in my life.
“When I finally realized that this was God saying what I needed to do, I was like Moses. ‘You got the wrong man, Lord! Are you sure?’ Now, you’re not supposed to doubt God. But I’m going, ‘I think maybe you’re looking at somebody else.’”
I think God wants to make Herman Cain into a political punchline. Maybe he should stop listening to the voices in his head.