Republican James Lankford is running for Senator of Oklahoma, not because he wants to, but because God told him to. While Lankford and his wife apparently struggled with the idea of jumping into politics, he claims “my wife and I both clearly heard God call us and say this is what I want you to do.”
At the GOP primary debate on June 6, Lankford joined several other candidates looking to grab retiring Senator Tom Coburn’s seat. During the debate the candidates were asked which biblical figure they most resembled. Lankford said he was like Paul, because God talks directly to him and wants him to lead others to Christ.
“In 2008 and 2009, my wife and I both clearly heard God call us and say this is what I want you to do. We spent seven months struggling and praying through that. Finally, it came to the point and time where we had to say I’m going to be an old man one day telling my grandchildren about the time I didn’t follow God if I don’t do this.”
Lankford is a pretty standard religious right-winger besides the schizophrenia and plans to use his position to proselytize (actually those might be standard as well). He doesn’t want any gun control, he’s anti-women’s rights, and though he makes claims about religious liberty all he’s really looking to protect is special privileges for religious organizations to discriminate. You’d think if God were sending in a new prophet to lead us he’d at least send him with some updated talking points.
Check out Lankford’s comments below: