Does God make political endorsements?

If you believe one candidate for sheriff of Floyd County, God guaranteed him the job if he entered the race.

Paul Hill, a mechanic who works for an excavating company, says God woke him up at three in the morning back in December 2009 and told him to run against popular county sheriff Shannon Zeman.  Zeman faces both Hill and former deputy Laura Sparks in the November general election.

In his election announcement, reported in NRV News, Hill said:

In December of 2009, God woke me up at three in the morning. I sat up in bed and a loud voice spoke, saying, ‘Paul, it is time to start telling people about this, and if you work at this, I will deliver this to you.’ “

Interesting.  How, we wonder, will God “deliver” the job to Hill?  Will he (or she) rig the voting machines?  Will he (or she) serve as Hill’s campaign consultant?  Will God host a Glenn Beck style rally for Hill?

Hill admits he doesn’t have actual experience in law enforcement but says that doesn’t matter.

I don’t have experience, but I’m a commonsense man. I think people are ready for someone who will listen to their opinions and needs and work to make the county a safer and happier place.

Hill is not the first candidate to claim a mandate from God.  Candidates and elected officials all the way up to President of the United States have invoked God’s calling as rationalizations for their actions. Former President George W. Bush said God told him to invade Iraq and we all know how that turned out.

We checked the voter rolls in Floyd County and couldn’t find a registration for God and we can’t find a single time when the deity has publicly endorsed a candidate.

While God hasn’t yet issued a press release publicly endorsing Hill for sheriff, the candidate who claims his blessing apparently feels he has divine guidance when it comes to placement of his campaign signs without permission.

In the last two weeks, we have received numerous complaints from county residents who say Hill’s yard signs have appeared on their property without anyone asking for permission to put them up.  Others have complained to the sheriff’s department.

We’ve also seen signs for Hill placed on road rights-of-way — a violation of Virginia law.

Which makes us wonder if God told him to do that too.

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11 thoughts on “Does God make political endorsements?”

  1. I noticed that Mr Hill also doesn’t follow Va laws with regard to disclaimers on bumper stickers and other campaign material. I also have heard from a state trooper who said he had to warn Mr Hill that putting bumper stickers on state and county property (road signs, green boxes, ect)was illegal. For someone who wants to be sheriff Mr Hill seems to have little regard for the law.

  2. God’s Child…Please show me in the Bible where we as christians are to judge others…For a Christian to tell a person “They should burn in hell” is being the final judge and only God can do that (and not a very CHRIST like thing to say). We all have been sinners and God will forgive us if ask….the Bible say he is faithful to do that. As for Mr. Hill and his statement that God told him to run…I must believe that he is stating what he believe’s…the only problem I see is that if he looses…what does he tell people.. We serve a mighty God….so let God do the judging.
    But I must also say..that Being the top Cop in Floyd County is not for someone with no experience…The lives of all the citizens depend on you. And knowing Laws and Court Rulings are of great inportance.
    I am not saying Mr. Hill is not a good Christian man…but I am not sure he is a canidate for Sheriff…but he does have a right to run.
    And as for his first act you request him to shut down Mr. Thompson…Just like Hill has a right to run for Sheriff…Mr. Thompson has freedom of speach.

  3. Well Doug I don’t live there anymore but sounds like it going to be a landslide=Shannon he is one of the best Sheriff’s I have ever met,
    right on top of things and Floyd would suffer a great loss without him.
    but i’m pretty sure he will be around for a long time, and you know I to believe in God.

  4. >>Hill admits he doesn’t have actual experience in law enforcement but says that doesn’t matter.<<

    How would that work, exactly? I don't know if this is the case in Floyd, but in many counties you have to be a police officer to run for sheriff, or have at least some law enforcement experience, even if it's "just" going through academy training.

    At the very least, I have a hard time imagining police officers wanting to work under a sheriff who knew nothing about law enforcement.

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