Does God need a plan?

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God plan for her to campaign and ultimately, to win:

“God continued to strengthen and empower us when, you know, His strength is perfected in our weakness. And that’s what’s exciting because you see, that if it weren’t for faith, when all logic said it’s time to quit, we pursued. We marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now with such an important lame duck session you realize why we were to endure all that stuff.”



How should constituents interpret statements by politicians who see their campaigns and causes as part of God’s plan? How do you decipher God’s intentions for you?

“God continued to strengthen and empower us when, you know, His strength is perfected in our weakness. And that’s what’s exciting because you see, that if it weren’t for faith, when all logic said it’s time to quit, we pursued. We marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now with such an important lame duck session you realize why we were to endure all that stuff.”

There are so many problems with such an approach. First, there is an assumption that God has a “plan.” Is this really the case? Planners are those who know what they want to happen and create a plan so that things will happen accordingly. Don’t Christians believe that God knows past, present, and future, is all powerful and therefore in control? If so, then God does not need to make any plans. Everything that happens, irrespective of what any human does or does not do is the consequence of divine will and is therefore divine. If not, then God is NOT all powerful.

Second, it seems pretty arrogant for an individual to claim to be an integral part of some divine plan. Among the people who promoted Apartheid in South Africa, slavery in America, and Aryan superiority in Nazi Germany, there were those who saw these events as a part of God’s plan. Christian and Muslim armies throughout much of their respective histories have justified the torture and violence they have perpetuated as a part of God’s plan. Islamic terrorists today continue to do the same.

The Hindu tradition teaches that the divine is an integral part of all life and is not limited by time, space, or planning. All events that happen are the results of God’s will. It is not our job to try to figure out some divine future plan, but to simply try to live in harmony with the inherent divinity that is a part of all that we are and do. Every moment is different and unique, every moment has divinity imbedded in it, even when it seems that evil is all that is there. Our task as thinking and caring human beings is to try during each and every moment to realize that divinity and integrate it into our lives. Who wins a particular political contest, who happens to earn the most money, or who becomes king, queen, or president are all ultimately irrelevant. To the divine, these are all probably as equally significant as leaves blowing in the wind. What we should be focusing on as being significant is how we approach our own individual lives, how we treat others, and the degree to which are we able to make truth, non-violence, harmony, and goodness integral characteristics of whatever we do.

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    Prof. Lamb