Pastor Joe Fuiten just isn't sure how the Big Guy voted.
Cedar Park Assembly of God Pastor Joe Fuiten, a prominent evangelical conservative and head of one of the state's biggest megachurches, was one of the few religious leaders who opposed putting Referendum 71 on the ballot. And as Janet Tu of Politics Northwest points out, a week after R-71's passage Fuiten is enjoying a well-deserved round of "told ya so."
In his regular "Frankly Fuiten" e-mail, the Pastor says the Reject 71 effort failed because of too little money, too little leadership and too little outreach. More importantly, Fuiten says that previous polls showing God approved of denying domestic partners the same rights as married folk may have seriously misjudged His margin of error.
Maybe more important than anything else is the question of whether or not God was in this effort.
A great deal of effort went into claiming God's support. From the beginning, (Faith and Freedom Foundation founder Gary) Randall claimed divine blessing and approval. He said, "I am certain God is in control" and "I have an abiding sense that God is leading in all things." He said on October 21st, "... this effort has been blessed ..."
With respect to the referendum itself Randall said, "It is a miracle. And it is clear how God performed it." "With God's help" the referendum made the ballot. "God helped us." Please pardon me for asking the obvious, did God change his mind or was the claim of divine blessing a bit overstated?(emphasis ours)
To be fair to Randall and all the others on the Protect Marriage side who claimed God's divine blessing, God did assure them he'd mail his ballot in extra early.
But then He ran out of stamps. And He's pretty sure there was a Federal Holiday in there somewhere. And what with all the prayers and pleadings from six billion-plus people, well...there's only so much time in His day, right?