God’s plan for the O’Donnell campaign?

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.”

When I speak to God, it is called prayer. When God speaks tro me, it is called paranoia. Mental illness is not absent when it is covered with religious words.

John Shelby Spong

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John Shelby Spong John Shelby "Jack" Spong is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church.
  • artistkvip1

    Hi, short and sweet this week ;-) i see. I agree many times in many places when human being talk about hearing God’s word’s it can often be the sign’s of a mental illness bit not always.. I have actually read great portions of the dsm iV the psychiatrist bible maybe, and i have the scientific background and education and the intelligence to understand what all the words mean.. while a great part of diagnostic book is widely overlapping differential diagnosis criteria that allow a doctor to truly and honestly or dishonestly use to label to a diagnosis on a human being that is based more on gut feeling and personal experience than actual standardized scientific guidelines. One area I do agree wholeheartedly is in exception written in the differential diagnosis of both schizophrenia and the manic state of manic depression the exception for auditory or visual “hallucinations” if they are in a person with strong religious or spiritual convictions. This is high praise from scientist toward acknowledging the spiritually of mankind i think. AS for politicians going to religious groups and suddenly having “found the lord” i think it is in many cases a calculated part of the personality that would covet or want the role of representative in our era were the representative is mainly a financial and power thing rather than true representation. I see God as working on big picture things sometimes choosing the most unlikely individual human to express what he wants to say to make changes in our society and the world. I also see some people as being lucky rather than destined by God or perhaps with a great people around them that make up for thier flaws. Sometimes old football coaches find out it has been the ast. coaches more than themselves that had brought the success . Of course if the coach picks the ast. he should still get the credit a leader and for getting the job done which is the measuring stick of any one. People that knows thier limitations honestly and picks people stronger than themselves in some areas are always the most successful. Most people are to afraid of not being all things to all people when the opposite is actually more important in a leader or representative… I think a lot of people call this humility.. people who brag God talks to them may not be humble people .. or like you pointed out they could just possibly be mentally ill

  • DanielintheLionsDen

    Being religous does not mean a person is crazy, but a lot of religious people end up going crazy over God.

  • FarnazMansouri2

    Good to hear from you, Rev. Spong. I’d add this to your post: When God speaks to Christiane O’Donnell, it’s called campaigning.

  • tomtildrum

    Spong’s never gotten anything back from his relationship with God? Is Spong seriously telling us that he became a minister without feeling a calling from God? That just seems unimaginable to me. How can he function as a minister if he has no belief that he’s doing God’s work? Or is he just saying that hte line between God’s grace and mental illness is demarcated by Spong’s personal political beliefs? Either way, this is a lot more revealing about Spong than O’Donnell.

  • spidermean2

    When God speaks, his children understands while idiots don’t.”My sheep hear my voice”Spong cannot hear God’s voice because he is the leader of the idiots. Everybody has access to the words of God. It’s called the Bible. But the Bible was not written for monkeys or those who came from chimps.

  • ThishowIseeit

    How about when an angel was send by g-d to speak to an arab in a cave?

  • haveaheart

    “Spong’s never gotten anything back from his relationship with God? Is Spong seriously telling us that he became a minister without feeling a calling from God? That just seems unimaginable to me. How can he function as a minister if he has no belief that he’s doing God’s work?”tomtildrum:I’m an unaffiliated, non-religious person who had no religious upbringing whatsoever, and I’ve lived that way quite happily for nearly 54 years.But even I know that a “calling from God” doesn’t mean that you hear God talking in a human voice — or any voice, for that matter.I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you’re just being willfully ignorant. Or perhaps a little passive-aggressive.

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