I’ve never met Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post‘s conservative blogger, but I’ve been reading her stuff for some time. She’s truly talented, and she’s not a partisan, some of the Perry camp’s gripes notwithstanding. While there are some candidates for whom she’s lost all patience, she’s written many pieces critical of Gov. Romney (including one of her very first ever as she arrived on the political journalism scene) and she seems to have a continuing soft spot for Sen. Santorum. Sure, she’s been pretty complimentary about our guy lately, but not uncritically so.
Having said that, I rise this morning to disagree with Ms. Rubin’s recent post on Mr. Cain accusing him of thinking he was “selected by God.” What seems to have her so excised is the following statement by Mr. Cain on the campaign trail, as reported by National Journal:
I prayed and prayed and prayed. I’m a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I’d ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. ‘You’ve got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?’
Here’s the thing, though: God calling you to run the race doesn’t mean he’s called you to win it in an earthly sense. In fact, sometimes he calls us to do things in which we will suffer great pain that will refine us. Just ask Job, among many others.
I don’t see any evidence that Mr. Cain was arrogantly saying he’d won the “God primary.” He was saying that God answers prayer and calls people to do certain things, and that when he does this, we are to respond in obedience.
Mr. Cain has given us many reasons to ask questions about his candidacy lately (most recently his comments on Libya and collective bargaining) but this is not one of them. In fact, if what he’s said about God’s call on his life is objectionable, than every other future candidate from an evangelical background ought to take his ball and go home now.