With one day to go before his Houston prayer rally, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped hints about his potential presidential bid, telling Christian Broadcast Network that God will have a hand in his presidential decision.”I have no idea what God’s plans are for me but I’m gonna try to be as faithful to him as I can be. I know I will fail as I have often but the good news is we have a forgiving God and I try to follow His directions,” Perry said in an interview. “God’s got a great sense of humour, I know that as well so anyway, whatever He has in store for me I look forward to it.”
He also said he prays every day for President Barack Obama, that “God will open his eyes.”
As for The Response, Perry said he is simply following Biblical instructions to ask for “God’s grace for this country, for this nation.”
Perry, a Methodist who attends a nondenominational church in Austin, is clearly comfortable talking about his faith, a quality that has boosted his appeal with conservative evangelicals. He told the Des Moines Register last month that he feels “called” to run for president.
The Response is another, rather brazen, indication that Perry has no problem mixing faith and politics.
“It’s extreme to say that our laws should not be informed by the views of the faithful,” Perry said at a church in San Antonio last year. “Freedom of religion is not to be confused with freedom from religion.”
As we have previously noted, The Response — Perry’s “Day of Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” — is not the governor’s first call to prayer. In April, he proclaimed three days of prayer and fasting to end Texas’ drought; he also called for prayers for the BP oil spill, which he called an “act of God.”
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