President George W. Bush stood before a cheering crowd at a Dallas Christian youth centre last week, and told them about being ‘born again’ as a Christian.
‘If you change their heart, then they change their behaviour. I know,’ he said, referring to his own conversion, which led to him giving up drinking.
Behind Bush were two banners. ‘King of Kings’, proclaimed one. ‘Lord of Lords’, said the other. The symbolism of how fervent Christianity has become deeply entwined with the most powerful man on the planet could not have been stronger.
Few US Presidents have been as openly religious as Bush. Now a new book has lifted the lid on how deep those Christian convictions run. It will stir up controversy at a time when the administration is keen to portray its ‘war on terror’ as non-religious.
The book, which depicts a President who prays each day and believes he is on a direct mission from God, will give ammunition to critics who claim Bush’s administration is heavily influenced by extremist Christians.
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The book also shows that in the lead-up to announcing his candidacy for the presidency, Bush told a Texan evangelist that he had had a premonition of some form of national disaster happening.
Bush said to James Robinson: ‘I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen… I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.’
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Amazingly – when Bush became president – I and millions of other people also had a preminition of a national disaster happening. What an amazing coincidence!!
Did God want Bush to be president? hmmmmmm …. If he did – then this isn’t a democracy and we don’t really have free choice because God is working behind the seens to fix elections. I’m begining to wonder if God wrote the software for electronic voting machines because in places where the republican backed companies have installed their machines – miracles have happened where Republican’s have unexpectedly won elections. And – as we know – only God can create miracles.
So – if God picked Bush then is God responsible for the results? Is God going to pay Bush’s national debt? Is God going to create jobs?
The problem with God is that God just isn’t very good with money. That’s why God is always having to panhandle. Similarly, God picks people who are fiscally irresponsible. God doesn’t do well picking presidents – if Bush’s claim is true. Now God has us mired down in a religious war with Iraq leving us stuck with the results.
I say that if God wants to pick the president – then he should be required to at least register to vote.