While in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz told supporters before heading for New Hampshire “We’re winning right now, and as a result, I want to tell everyone, get ready. Strap on the full armor of God, get ready for the attacks that are coming. ... We ain’t seen nothing yet.” 

Folks who support candidates such as Cruz love this kind of talk - the “strap on the full armor of God” stuff.

It makes him out to be so... theological, so... Godly.

The trite and trivial use of evangelical Christian coding too often creates the impression for many that God is decidedly on the side of the Republican Party - a false belief that has been carefully cultivated since the Jerry Falwell days.

The overly enthusiastic use of the Bible in the heat of a political campaign, and as a proof that ‘God is on our side,’ simply diminishes the Bible.

Ephesians 6 reads:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

The chapter continues to talk about “loins girt about with truth” and “the breastplate of righteousness.” It also raises the issue of having “your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

And more ...

When Cruz starts preachifying he claims to be speaking to higher issues than simply mundane politics.

“What I’m saying is it’s not about Barack Obama, it’s not about Donald Trump, and it’s not about me,” he told David Brody in a recent interview. “...It’s about the future of this country ... There is an awakening, there is a spirit of revival that I see every day, it’s sweeping this country.”

Then he tells all and sundry “ ... my prayer is that this awakening continue, that the Body of Christ rise up to pull us back from the abyss ...please help us save this country!”

Oh, and by the way, vote for me!!!

Cruz is scary in his misuse of the Bible and religious emotion for political gain.

But he is not alone. The GOP has been cultivating the “Gott mit uns” environment for quite some time.

It’s not too surprising folks around the country should be adopting this unfortunate, and stunningly dangerous view of God and spirituality.

Back in the day, Christian Coalition of America founder Reverend Pat Robertson proclaimed George Bush would win his election saying, “I really believe I’m hearing from the Lord it’s going to be like a blowout election in 2004. It’s shaping up that way. The Lord has just blessed him.”

Actually, well before that (back in 1984) that great spiritual guide Jerry Falwell declared God had ordained Ronald Reagan and, later, George H. W. Bush to lead America. This naturally led to the assumption that “God is a Republican.”

How sad.

During the last presidential campaign the spokes-witch of neo-conservatives the country over, Ann Coulter, said clearly and with conviction “...basically any white person who believes in God is a Republican.”

Well, the country is now reaping what its politicized religious and pseudo-religious political leaders have sown.

Dissent. Polarization. Division. Hate. Intolerance.

God is a Republican?

Not mine.

And, interesting enough, mine IS NOT a Democrat either …or a conservative …or a liberal …or any humanly designed label or category.

God is no more a Republican than Jesus is a Democrat.

For years, I’ve bemoaned the belittling and denigrating use of God, His works and His workings by various politicians, pastors, priests and others in justifying anything and everything they do.

Politicians are the best (or I guess I should say the worst) at this.

Any time we get close to election, politicians at every level scurry about sucking up to religious voters by suggesting all sort of ‘reforms’ such as mandatory “Merry Christmas,” forced prayer in schools and the tacking of the Ten Commandments to walls of just about everything but public restrooms.

Spiritual leaders (and I do use the term loosely) juggle their Biblical knowledge to justify everything from questionable wars to increased tax breaks for the wealthy.

It’s sad.

I’ve seen God and the Holy Scriptures used in arguments for and against everything from bear baiting to school millages. The “Gott mit uns” argument is regularly trotted out explain everything good and bad that has happened – from both sides of the story.

And Cruz is simply doing it again ... and again ... and again ...

How tedious (and un-Biblical).