Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bachmann Says God is Sending a Message to Washington

During her first campaign appearance, Republican U.S. Presidential Candidate, Michele Bachmann recently said that the current “acts of God” are a warning to Washington DC. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?”’

Her campaign spokesman said she was “only joking.” But a politician making statements that suggest that God is sending a warning to politicians is only a step away from saying that God is sending a judgment when worse disasters strike.

Bachmann tried to link the two recent natural disasters along the East Coast of the United States to excessive spending of the U.S. government. “Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending,” Bachmann said.

Getting the nation back under God’s protection is the underlying message in Bachmann’s remarks. This could easily lead to further demands that the nation listen to God, including imposing a day of rest or worship on the nation.

“Of course she was saying it in jest,” her spokeswoman told Reuters. But was she really speaking in jest? Usually, there is some truth imbedded in jest. If Bachmann were to become president of the United States, would she continue with this kind of rhetoric, invoking God, in the name of pressing her political agenda? When a major disaster strikes the United States, will these kinds of politicians restrain themselves from making these kinds of comparisons? Not likely.

In addition to the rare earthquake, Hurricane Irene “killed at least 21 people and cut power to 5 million homes and businesses along its path up the eastern seaboard from North Carolina. Vermont was battling the state’s worst flooding since 1927 after Irene swept through as a tropical storm…”

Bachmann is third among the top three candidates to win the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential campaign.
She is a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement and of religious social conservatives… Bachmann, a republican from Minnesota and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.

“A time is coming when the law of God is, in a special sense, to be made void in our land [the United States]. The rulers of our nation will, by legislative enactments, enforce the Sunday law, and thus God’s people will be brought into great peril. When our nation, in its legislative councils, shall enact laws to bind the consciences of men in regard to their religious privileges, enforcing Sunday observance, and bringing oppressive power to bear against those who keep the seventh-day Sabbath, the law of God will, to all intents and purposes, be made void in our land.” Maranatha, page 179