Scott Walker: “God was sending me a clear message to not do things for personal glory or fame”

Scott Walker has not spoken of religion or God that much (unless you count the occasional Noah’s ark tweet). When I saw this passage from his upcoming book featuring God’s message to him, I immediately assumed it was pandering to the right wing evangelical Christian base – a good step for a northern politician who wishes to capture Bible Belt voters in a future presidential run.

For those who suspect Walker is a Dominionist* (like me), this pandering takes on an ominous tone.

I present for your reading eyes an excerpt from Scott Walker’s upcoming book which I have lifted from an article by Weigel in Slate. In this passage, Walker is describing how God spoke to him after he fell for Ian Murphy’s prank “David Koch” call:

“Only later did I realize that God had a plan for me with that episode,” writes Walker. After his press conference, he picked up his daily devotional and saw the title for Feb. 23: The power of humility, the burden of pride.

“I looked up and said, ‘I hear you, Lord,’” writes Walker. “God was sending me a clear message to not do things for personal glory or fame. It was a turning point that helped me in future challenges, helped me stay focused on the people I was elected to serve, and reminded me of God’s abundant grace and the paramount need to stay humble.”

[this next paragraph is from Weigel]
Providence gets a starring role in Walker’s memoir. Where he travels, ordinary citizens tell him to buck up. An airport worker who hands him a piece of paper reading “Isaiah 54:17,” which Walker quickly checks on his phone: “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.” A floor manager for a TV show confides to Walker that “she and her kids got down on their knees every night and prayed for me and my family.

Bonus illustration:
Here we see Scott Walker’s image framed in grand style by cathedral-style “windows” at the National Republican Congressional Campaign Dinner.
cathedral scott walker national republican congressional campaign dinner

More reading on Dominionism:

‘There is a desire felt by tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, to destroy the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment, radically diminish the role of government to create a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and force a recalcitrant world to bend to the will of an imperial and “Christian” America.’
Continue reading at The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government – Chris Hedges, TruthDig, October 6, 2013

Wikipedia page on Dominion Theology

Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part I – Mahoney at Talk to Action, dated 2007

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4 thoughts on “Scott Walker: “God was sending me a clear message to not do things for personal glory or fame”

  1. Here is the kind of stuff the Dominionists like to read in the Bible: The book of Numbers, in which God has ordered the Israelites to slaughter the Midianites over some superstitious, religious bullshit. After the carnage, the army returns with captive women and children, enraging Moses:

    13- Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14- Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle. 15- “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16- “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. 17- Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18- But save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
    ——–

    Oh yeah, save the virgins for yourself, Praise the Lord!

  2. It’s quite revealing of Christian Dominionists that they prefer the “Old Testament” in which there is a whole-lot of punishing, smiting-down and killing going on, as opposed to the “New Testament”, which is the story of their proclaimed Savior and in which sympathy for the poor, as well as love and forgiveness are preached?

    Does their preference for an old Neolithic religion satisfy an inner, atavistic sadism, while justifying their racial and religious prejudices? If you want grasp their vision of society’s preferred future, read the Old Testament and ask yourself what these people have in common with Islamic Jihadists seeking to establish Sharia law? The answer is — everything.

  3. “God was sending me a clear message to not do things for personal glory or fame…” So he has a book glorifying himself ghost written? Walker, you’re so f*****g vain not even God can slow your hypocrisy. “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44

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