By Hamish Balfour
God moves in mysterious ways, but he also moves quickly. Barely 24 hours after Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race some evangelicals are lining up to say Donald Trump, the thrice married, gambling magnate, who can’t quote the Bible accurately, is God’s chosen candidate.
Creflo Dollar recently announced that he had received a divine message telling him to get behind Trump.
“God came to me in a dream last night and said that Trump is his chosen candidate,” Dollar said. “God apologized for the mixed messages he was sending. I now know that Trump has been touched by the hand of God.”
Up until he dropped out Cruz had branded himself as God’s candidate. His father Pastor Rafael Cruz was convinced he was the chosen one.
“I believe, with all my heart, that his son is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States,” said televangelist Kenneth Copeland during a sermon with Rafael Cruz.
Right-wing talk show host Glenn Beck said God had raised Ted Cruz since birth to become president. He also compared him to Moses.
“Everybody was born for a reason,” said Beck during a radio interview with Rafael Cruz. “As I learned your story and saw the fruit of that story, now in your son, I am more and more convinced in the hand of divine providence.”
Cruz is one of several GOP candidates who have claimed they were chosen by God. Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry all claimed to have been directed by God to run for the White House.