There are far too many people out there who think they have a DM relationship with @TheAlmighty and then subject the rest of us to what they say His judgment is. After an earthquake rattled the east coast last week, a New York rabbi blamed it on the state’s same-sex marriage law. And over the weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) shared her direct messages from God at a campaign stop in Florida.
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?’ 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.
So, see if you can follow this logic without your head exploding. The American people are angry over government spending and the inattention of politicians to their concerns about it. Hearing their anger, God unleashes earthquakes and hurricanes to get “the attention of the politicians.” Never mind that the billions of dollars in damages will cause local, state and federal governments to spend money they don’t have for repairs. Thus adding to the “morbid obesity diet” Bachmann claims God is trying to get the politicians to rein in. Lord, have mercy.
We’re used to cranks like Pat Robertson claiming that a natural disaster is the will of God. But he’s not running to be president of the United States.
This isn’t the first time Bachmann has claimed a direct line to God. As the folks at Talking Points Memo remind us, the far-right conservative has Him as her chief adviser. In her first congressional campaign in 2006, Bachmann said, “God then called me to run for the United States Congress.” Talking about whether she’d run for the Republican nomination for president, she said a year ago this month, “But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That’s really my standard.”
The only person known to have delivered specific instructions from God was Moses, who brought down the 10 commandments from Mount Sinai. One of them — Exodus 20:7 — is most clear (depending on which version of the Bible you’re using). “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”
Bachmann better watch her back.
UPDATE: 11: 45 a.m.: Alice Stewart, spokesperson for the presidential campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) sent a statement to Talking Points Memo. “Obviously she was saying it in jest,” she said. When you take a look at the video provided by the folks at Politico, you see how that might be possible. Emphasis on might.
Bachmann is still in violation of Exodus 20:7 And the best way to not be in danger of being smited for using the Lord’s name in vain is to stop using the Lord’s name in vain. While I can’t and won’t speak for Him, I’m sure He’d appreciate it. So would a sizeable portion of the American people.