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Peter Sullivan of The Hill has rocked the Beltway with a shocker of a story:
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) calls in an interview for converting as many people as possible to Christianity because Jesus is “coming soon.”
The 2012 Republican presidential candidate made the comments in a radio interview last week with Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, after both Bachmann and Perkins went on a tour of Israel. The website Right Wing Watch posted audio of the interview.
“We recognize the shortness of the hour,” Bachmann says. “And that’s why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can — even among the Jews — share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, he’s coming soon.”
A private citizen wants to convert people to her faith? What’s next — Pope Francis celebrating a Catholic Mass?
Inspired by Sullivan’s scoop, I investigated Bachmann’s bizarre opinions further. Apparently, she got this whole conversion idea from a popular Christian book called The Bible. This is a direct quote from the main character, Jesus:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Okay, so that explains the conversion thing, but what about the outlandish claim that this Jesus fellow is coming soon? Though open to interpretation, Jesus Himself may have obliquely referred to such a thing in this following quote:
“Look, I am coming soon!”
After exhaustive research, I found out that this book also talks about the “shortness of the hour,” the “remnant,” the “Holy Spirit,” and the “Kingdom.” Looks like Sullivan’s reporting checks out: Michele Bachmann is a Christian.
I hope her pastor doesn’t find out.