When Michele Bachmann went on to headline Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory asked her questions only someone antagonistic to religion, or someone who otherwise does not take faith too seriously, would ask.
He asked: “To what extent does your relationship with God mean that you take cues from God for decisions that you make and that you would make as president?”
Here’s another one: “God has guided your decisions in life. Would God guide your decisions that you would make as president of the United States?”
The simple answer to that question for any practicing Christian would be an unequivocal “Yes.” Bachmann’s response was even better. “Well, as president of the United States, I would pray. I would pray and ask the Lord for guidance. That’s what presidents have done throughout history. George Washington did. Abraham Lincoln did. “
Undeterred by this slap-down, Gregory pressed on, further exposing his ignorance about faith and Christianity: “There’s a difference between God as a sense of comfort and safe harbor and inspiration, and God telling you to take a particular action.” In other words, to Gregory and his ilk, God doesn’t intercede in our lives or answer prayers. He’s merely a rhetorical and literary flourish that heads of state use to make their speeches sound more poetic. No intelligent person really believes this stuff.
The truth is, according to an ABC News poll, a full 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian and, according to a Brandeis University study, 90 percent of Americans pray daily to “a God who is accessible, listening, and a source of emotional and psychological support, who at least sometimes answers back,” according to the sociologist in charge of the study.
Whether Americans like Bachmann’s politics or not, they’re neither alarmed nor the least bit uncomfortable with Bachmann’s reliance on faith and prayer in making decisions in her life or professional career. In an attempt to make Christians, particularly Evangelical Christians, sound like crazies hearing voices, Gregory exposed just how out of step Meet the Press is with the average American.