>God and Politics

>David Waters, in his column Under God, is reporting that Democrat Roland Burris believes that he was ordained by God to become the next senator from Illinois, Burris is the person appointed by Rod Blagojevich, the almost-impeached governor of Illinois, to fill the seat vacated by President-Elect Obama.

Waters wrote:

Democrat Roland Burris said this at church last Sunday as he prepared to fly to Washington and take his righteous place as the new junior senator from Illinois: “Friends, we’re going to have to have some powerful prayer. . . . They can’t deny what the Lord has ordained.”

He wasn’t referring to the Lord Rod Blagojevich, the indicted Illinois governor who appointed Burris to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat. He was referring to the God of Abraham, George and Sarah. Bush and Palin caught holy hell when they suggested divine endorsement of their actions and ideas. Not a peep about Burris.

Remember the furor over Palin’s suggestion that the Iraq war is “a task that is from God”?
Just imagine the eruption if she had gone to church during her controversial campaign for vice president and said: “Friends, we’re going to have to have some powerful prayer. . . . They can’t deny what the Lord has ordained.”

Or if President Bush — who has made several statements suggesting that he believes he’s on a divine mission — had said that in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

Double standard for Republicans and Democrats?

Only Klingons would not know the answer to this question (no offense to Klingons).

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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