By Jon Perr
Americans can be forgiven for assuming Michele Bachmann was deadly serious when she repeatedly joked this weekend that God was using an earthquake and hurricane to send a divine message to restrain federal spending. After all, Bachmann has not only proclaimed time and again that the Almighty called her to seek higher office; in 2009, she joined an evangelical “prayercast” asking for divine intervention to halt health care reform. As it turns out, she has plenty of company among the Republican 2012 White House hopefuls. When it comes to policy foreign and domestic, from frontrunner Rick Perry on down the GOP field is offering the ultimate faith-based initiative.
For years, the leading lights of the Party of Lincoln have been turning Honest Abe’s mantra (“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side”) on its head. But when it comes to making divine intervention the centerpiece of public policy, Texas Governor Rick Perry is hoping to be the chosen one.
Before entering the GOP presidential race, Governor Perry tried in vain to end the drought in Texas by proclaiming “the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas” and urged “Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on those days for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.”
But while God didn’t hear Perry’s call, Perry heard His. As he explained last month before formally jumping into the GOP race:
“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in. But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.”
If the Lord is calling on Rick Perry to lead the United States, Perry plans to call Him back when it’s time to actually run it.