More about Bush and God in the following, from this Washington Post piece:
“It seems as if he is on an agenda from God,” said Jim Cody, a Tennessee Christian broadcaster who was at a convention of religious broadcasters Bush addressed last month. “The Scriptures say God is the one who appoints leaders. If he truly knows God, that would give him a special anointing.”
Cody’s friend, Steve Clark of the Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Jamestown, Tenn., concurred that “Divine Providence” has a role in Bush’s actions. “At certain times, at certain hours in our country, God has had a certain man to hear His testimony,” he said.
I wrote about Justice Scalia’s belief that God appoints leaders, in Scalia and Self-Government. Scalia feels that democracy is illegitimate and gets in the way of God’s intentions. The above from the Washington Post backs up what I was writing.
Former president Jimmy Carter wrote about the religious aspect of the current Iraq situation in the New York Times today:
As a Christian and as a president who was severely provoked by international crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the principles of a just war, and it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack on Iraq does not meet these standards. This is an almost universal conviction of religious leaders, with the most notable exception of a few spokesmen of the Southern Baptist Convention who are greatly influenced by their commitment to Israel based on eschatological, or final days, theology.
I think we need to worry about whether our current leaders really do believe they are appointed by God, and desire to lead us into the end times.
In my experience, people who find themselves in situations they don’t necessarily deserve come up with justifications for why they are there. For example, people who make tons of money in business decide they did so because they are brilliant. People who inherit positions have made up elaborate theories about bloodline superiority to explain why they are in the positions when others aren’t. Bush certainly didn’t work his way to the top, so maybe he has to justify his being there by deciding he was put there by God for a mission.
Update – I removed a line about the Southern Baptists, and will write another day about the split between the right wingers and others over the leadership of the Conference.