Oh, just great. Following in the steps of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry claims he is hearing God telling him to run for President. If he’s hearing God’s voice, that means he’s in. I can’t imagine Perry hearing “the call” and deciding not to run.
I could throw out some boilerplate on church and state, but I’m sure you’re already thinking that. I want to go in a different direction with this, however. This being called by God to run for President thing offends me a lot more religiously than it does politically. Assuming there is a God, I do not think he is so petty and micro-managing that he wants only his selected few to become President.
I was once a member of church softball team. Before each game, they would have a prayer. And even though I wasn’t Christian, I enjoyed it because the prayer was very general and the only specific request they made regarding the game was that no one got hurt (this didn’t always work, of course; but maybe someone was looking out for me that time I got barreled over at home plate and still hung onto the ball).
In conservative Jewish tradition, there is a similar prayer for the country. It is completely non-partisan. Here is a part of it:
Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country, for its government, for its leader and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority. Teach them insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.
If you’re going to pray in politics, pray for that. Pray that those who are in power — no matter who they are and what party they belong to — make wise decisions. Don’t pray for the personal political success of some egomaniacal fundamentalist twit from Texas. Or Minnesota. Or Alaska. Or Illinois, for that matter.