Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'
September 28th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'

(CNN) – In an evangelical message Wednesday, Minessota Rep. Michele Bachmann gave one piece of advice to students at the country's largest Christian university: "Don't settle."

It's a line she's recently pushed to Republican voters, urging the GOP not to "settle" on leading GOP presidential candidates.

But on Wednesday she turned the phrase into one laced with heavy spiritual themes.

"Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you," Bachmann said in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The White House hopeful described her experience becoming a Christian as a 16-year-old, when she said she walked into a church one day with some friends and felt called to the altar.

"We began weeping before the Lord," Bachmann said. "I was a sinner, and I had a heart that needed to be cleaned. And I thank God that the Holy Spirit put that call before me."

In the following days, Bachmann said she "radically abandoned" herself to God and began waking up at 5 a.m. to read books from the Bible, including Lamentations, Jeremiah, and 2 Chronicles.

"Not exactly what you would consider great reading at 5 a.m., but for a new believer in Jesus Christ, I couldn't get enough," Bachmann said.

An unapologetic social conservative, Bachmann's ties to her faith have twice hit in the spotlight since she kicked off her presidential bid.

In July, accusations were made that her family's Christian counseling clinic had used a questionable therapy to encourage gay and lesbian patients to change their sexual orientation.

And due to her religious beliefs, Bachmann fielded a controversial question at a GOP debate asking if she would be a "submissive" wife to her husband should she make it to the White House.

On Wednesday, the congresswoman occasionally touched on politics in her speech, mostly blasting President Barack Obama's health care reform for including funding for abortions, which can only be used in the case of rape, incest, or if the life of a woman is in danger.

She also took issue with Obama's approval of an Institute of Medicine recommendation that health insurance fully cover birth control, including the so-called "morning-after" pill.

"We need to stand up to government takeover," she said.

But Bachmann, who's seen her poll numbers drop into the single digits over the last month, mostly charged the students not to settle on their faith.

"Usually when we settle, it's a short-term ease," Bachmann said. "But it's the long-term hard that the Lord often asks us to choose."

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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Ed DFWTX

    Hey Michelle, I also think progressives don't have to settle on a political party that has members who Boo an American gay solider, cheer the death of a person without insureance and clap for a candidate who has signed over 200 death row executions during their debates.

    September 28, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. bb

    What a load of crapola. Like Bachmann speaks for Christians. Like Christians need to be reminded with the approved buzz phrases that WWJD usually involves spending something on the seller or giving them their vote. Like Christians are the one true religion of this country (keep in mind the separation of church and state in our Constitution). Like the Jesus himself would ever side with the fringe right bigots. I used to be Republican – But no more of this Republican/Fake religion/snake oil salesman stuff. I cannot believe that God would be happy with religious fringe right – they do the opposite of what Jesus taught as a matter of practice.

    September 28, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Kansan

    If she said that she go up at 5 AM to read Leviticus or Deutoronomy, then I'd be impressed.

    September 28, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Non Paul

    I'm a Christian, and would not settle for you Mrs. Bachmann, neither for Loco Ron Paul, Mitt Mormonney, Cain Cain, Saint Antoro, 500 pounds Chris Christie or neither one in the Republican ticket!

    September 28, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Ryan

    kiss freedom goodbye if one of these christian bigots get access to the white house

    September 28, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Jules

    As a member of the Christian Left – yes, despite being always called the "secular left" many of us are Christians, I won't be settling at all. I will be voting for the one who is taking care of the middle class and those in need. When it comes to the GOP field – that would be none of the above.

    September 28, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Santa Fean

    I love "christians" for their strange beliefs. Pick and choose which parts of the bible help you to rationalize almost anything. Beating your wife and kids even! Would todays "christians" even support a modern Jesus who helps the poor and those that need it most? I doubt it! ALL religions claim to speak for God. That is where they lose me...they are delusional for sure. Religion and Nationalism are very dangerous. You don't need proof do you? By the way my religion is the only TRUE religion, how is that for a laugh?

    September 28, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. ja

    here we go hiding behind the bible and the flag, hypocrits

    September 28, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. diridi

    stop this Religion in Politics...o.k, stupid lady...

    September 28, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    "But it's the long-term hard that the Lord often asks us to choose."

    For Pete's sake, Michelle, stop talking about choosing "long term hard" in a public forum, where Marcus may read it!

    He chose you!

    September 28, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Video Guy

    This "Lady" makes me ashamed to be a Christian. She is the last person I would look to for a Christian message.

    September 28, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. seneca

    In a few months, once one of the male GOP contenders wins the nomination she will be telling everyone why they are going to love the guy who beat her.

    September 28, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    Someone pull the plug on this dunce, we've heard enough of her lunacy.

    September 28, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Educator 36

    Just wait for the next gop flavor of the month to jump in: Palin or the 22 month gov. of n.j.

    September 28, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Tired of the nonsense

    Don't settle for rhetoric which is all the GOP spouts and spews.
    Don't settle for idiocy which inundates the GOP.
    Don't settle for brainwashing and hatemongering which is what the GOP does.

    No, don't settle.

    September 28, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. MTATL67

    Michelle, I thought you had gone back to Minnesota after escorting Sarah back to Alaska. Thank God there is separation of church and state in this country or there would be a Grand Inquisitor and a many tied to a stake and set ablaze. Her campaign reeks of desperation.

    September 28, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    People who are REAL Christians should tell folks like Michelle Bachmann and her ilk to STOP the fearmongering, the lying about things like she does, and using their religion as a tool for political advancement. Disliking people because they are different, taking advantage of the less fortunate for political gain and tell untruths and half truths about the president are NOT the type of values I was brought up with as being a Christain. Or perhaps the "born-agains" like Bachmann, Palin, and Perry figure the Lord is so forgiving after all this is done they'll be forgiven anyway.

    September 28, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. bob

    What a hypocrite, maybe she should re-read matthew 6. It basically says don't go to any public church service, and don't talk about it publicly like what she is doing.

    September 28, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Pete from St Paul

    When Michelle Bachmann was younger and purer of heart she supported Jimmy Carter over Ronald Reagan. So why then did the Conservative Movement adopt Ronald Reagan over Mr. Carter, a Southern Sunday School teacher and nuclear physicist? It became apparent the Conservative Movement real value system is all about the MONEY. This MONEY and its means of control and distribution is what it’s all about. A party of tricky and deception; the GOP-TEA Movement.

    September 28, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Reggie from LA

    True Christians can't hear her because her philosophy and beliefs are not geared toward Jesus Christianity. They are more attuned to power. Michelle Bachmann and her kindred Dominionists are looking to rule. Like kings and such. You know, when we talk about the "founding fathers" (makes me want to puke the way they do that), keep in mind that it is this type of society they are trying to achieve is what made them leave. I don't know what kind of Christian she and her kind are, but I'm not certain that POOR, HUMBLE, LOVING Jesus even crosses these Christians' minds.

    September 28, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Michele needs to fall on her knees and pray for forgiveness for taking harsh positions against the poor and the needy. Hopefully, Evangelicals are not as hateful as Bachmann, and will realize that 50 million Americans need access to health care.

    September 28, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. seriously???

    "We began weeping before the Lord," Bachmann said. I say campaign over.

    September 28, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. hongli

    This is the beginning of the end for Michelle Bachmann so it's "ADIOS SENORITA" to her and next in line will be Rick Perry who made the biggest MISTAKE by allowing his big mouth wife to speak on his behalf.Is this all that the Republicans have to offer ???

    September 28, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In the GOP, there is no hope. President Obama gave 50 million Americans hope for getting affordable health care. He also saved GM and Chrysler with government loans, which gave over 2 million people in the auto related industry hope. With the stimulus, the CBO wrote that between 1 million and 2.9 million jobs were created. With the cash for clunkers, President Obama saved a great majority of republican owned car dealerships, and many of them now have hope, and enough money to finance their republican friends campaigns. The stock market has rebounded from under 8,000 when Obama took office to over 11,000, giving many of us hope that we will eventually be able to retire.

    September 28, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Don't settle for a theocracy, America. This country was born out of a revolution against that form of government.

    September 28, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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