President Hillary Clinton: King’s Divine Right of Kings?2/11/2015
In kicking off The Iowa Freedom Summit, his international political sensation late last month, King read a public prayer in which, in no uncertain terms, no hedging or dodging, no qualifications or room for future equivocating, King asked God to select the next president of the United States.
“I pray that out of this process you will identify and lift up the individual whom you will use to restore the soul of this great country,” King said, head bowed on the stage of Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.
There were 1,500 witnesses on site — including me — and thousands more watching online or on C-SPAN.
On that Saturday morning, was God spending his time putting doomed late-game passing schemes in the head of Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (26 percent of Americans think God decides the Super Bowl)? Or was God improving the lives of refugees?
I, for one, think God was listening to Congressman King. I think God heard King’s prayer.
Which raises an intriguing situation for the Kiron conservative.
If Hillary Clinton is elected president, after King’s prayer, doesn’t the Iowa Republican have to accept the election as God’s answer to his prayer? Sometimes God responds to prayers with answers we don’t like, right?
King’s other choices to deal with a second Clinton administration: (A) Claim God wasn’t listening to his prayer, which is saying God has selective hearing and would mean King is a selective Christian. (B) Say he was just warming up the crowd with a little humor (but that prayer sounded awfully solemn). (C) Convert to Islam, which could technically cancel the prayer.
In the absence of any such moves, we are left with these facts: King introduced the public prayer. King asked God to find this nation a Great Restorer.
We have an election, sure, but the commander in chief, if you believe the western Iowa Republican’s skyward-looking plea, is heaven-sent. Iowa caucuses, meet King’s Divine Right of Kings.
Heed the words of Samuel, congressman. “The Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
God’s mysterious criteria are beyond the earthly grasp of mere mortals.
And maybe God, intervening at the public urging of King, spies the heart of a president in Mrs. Clinton.
If that’s the case in November 2016, if that’s where God’s head is, any attack, whether in the form of a passing thought or carefully constructed political broadside, from King on Hillary Clinton would be nothing short of an affront to the Almighty. CV
Douglas Burns is a fourth-generation Iowa newspaperman who resides in Carroll. He and his family own and publish newspapers in Carroll, Jefferson and other neighboring communities.