Christian Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says ‘I Feel Fingers’ of God Prodding for Presidential Run

Christian Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says ‘I Feel Fingers’ of God Prodding for Presidential Run

BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
November 22, 2014|9:07 am
Ben Carson Speaks at CPAC(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST/SONNY HONG)

Former pediatric neurosurgury director at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Ben Carson speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, March 8, 2014.

Dr. Ben Carson, accomplished neurosurgeon and conservative Christian, tells David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network that there’s a “good chance” he’ll run for president as he can feel “God’s fingers” touching him gently for the 2016 race.

Brody, CBN news chief political correspondent, interviewed Carson during the week for an upcoming national profile story for “The 700 Club,” and asked, “How is that conversation going with God about this potential presidential run? Has He grabbed you by the collar yet? I read an article about that.”

“I feel fingers,” Carson replied in a one-on-one interview in his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. “But it’s mostly me. I have to be sure, and it’s part of my personality that says always look before you leap, but don’t leap before you have to,” he added.

Brody then said, “I do cover the presidential campaign trail,” and asked, “May I potentially see you there soon?”

“I think there is a good chance you might,” Carson responded in the interview, which was only partially released.

“He [Carson] and his wife, Candy, are dedicated followers of Jesus,” Brody remarks in a posting on CBN’s website. “They don’t hide their faith. They can’t. It’s at the core of who they are as people. Evangelical Christians will be attracted to how he doesn’t shy away from proclaiming Jesus as Lord.”

While Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the annual Values Voter Summit straw poll for president in September with 25 percent of the vote, Carson finished 5 percentage points behind him earning 20 percent of the vote.

The poll was conducted via mobile votes from 901 attendees of the group’s annual summit in Washington, D.C. The poll included over 22 candidates, including prominent Democrats Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

Carson, who has already won a few straw polls this year, was the only candidate that finished in the top three of the voting that did not attend the event. Although Carson has relatively no political experience under his belt, he continues to gain political support with his unwavering conservative comments in the limelight of national media.

“He is extremely popular. … If he decides he wants to [run], I think he could be a serious contender,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in an interview with The Christian Post at the time. “He is another example of someone who refuses to be throttled down by political correctness and is simply speaking the truth. He is laying it out there. He is giving an accurate diagnoses of where America stands and people respond to that. … Republican minded voters are looking for someone who will simply tell the truth and Dr. Carson fits that category.”

If Carson runs for president, “he’s going to shake up politics and politicians,” Brody writes. “He’s not your typical, lunch bucket Republican. He’s going to keep both Republicans and Democrats on their toes.”

Obama sicks the IRS on Doctor Ben Carson

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Ben Carson: ‘I had my first encounter with the IRS’ after challenging Obama

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At an event in Birmingham, Ala. Monday night, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson revealed that he had received a visit from the Internal Revenue Service following his much-noted remarks at a National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year.

“I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” Carson told an audience that at the annual Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner, according to a report from Cliff Sims of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Yellowhammer News.

Carson’s February speech February made him a conservative darling for criticizing President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care reform law, while Obama was sitting just a few feet away.

During the event, which also featured former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Carson spoke about the potential presidential candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. relations with Russia and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gifted Hands By Thomas Sowell

Gifted Hands

By Thomas Sowell – March 19, 2013

A remarkable book titled “Gifted Hands” tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon.

At one time young Ben Carson had the lowest grades in his middle school class, and was the butt of teasing by his white classmates. Worse yet, he himself believed that he was just not smart enough to do the work.

As young Ben’s school work began to catch up with that of his classmates, and then began to surpass that of his classmates, his whole view of himself and of the wider world around him began to change. He began to think that he wanted to become a doctor.

There were a lot of obstacles to overcome along the way, including the fact that his mother had to be away from time to time for psychiatric treatment, as she tried to cope with the heavy pressures of trying to raise two boys whose father had deserted the family that she now had to support on a maid’s wages.

In many ways the obstacles facing young Ben Carson were like those faced by so many other youngsters in the ghetto. What was different was that he overcame those obstacles with the help of a truly heroic mother and the values she instilled in him.

It is an inspiring personal story, told plainly and unpretentiously, including the continuing challenges he faced later as a neurosurgeon operating on the brains of people with life-threatening medical problems, often with the odds against them.

To me it was a personal story in another sense, that some of his experiences as a youngster brought back experiences that I went through growing up in Harlem many years earlier.

I could understand all too well what it was like to be the lowest performing child in a class. That was my situation in the fourth grade, after my family had moved up from the South, where I had been one of the best students in the third grade — but in a grossly inferior school system.

Now I sometimes found myself in tears because it was so hard to try to get through my homework.

But in one sense I was much more fortunate than Ben Carson and other black youngsters today. The shock of being in a school, whose standards were higher than I was able to meet at first, took place in an all-black school in Harlem, so that there was none of the additional complications that such an experience can have for a black youngster in a predominantly white school.

By the time I first entered a predominantly white school, I had already caught up, and had no trouble with the school work. Decades later, in the course of running a research project, I learned that the Harlem school, where I had so much trouble catching up, had an average IQ of 84 back when I was there.

In the predominantly white school to which I later went, I was put in a class for children with IQs of 120 and up, and had no trouble competing with them. But I would have been totally wiped out if I had gone there two years earlier — and who knows what racial hang-ups that might have led to?

Chance plays a large part in everyone’s life. The home in which you are raised is often a big part of luck being on your side or against you. But you don’t need parents with Ph.D.s to make sure that you make the most of your education.

The kinds of things that statisticians can measure, such as family income or parents’ education, are not the crucial things. The family’s attitude toward education and toward life can make all the difference.

Virtually everything was against young Ben Carson, except for his mother’s attitudes and values. But, armed with her outlook, he was able to fight his way through many battles, including battles to control his own temper, as well as external obstacles.

Today, Dr. Benjamin Carson is a renowned neurosurgeon at a renowned institution, Johns Hopkins University. But what got him there was wholly different from what is being offered to many ghetto youths today, much of which is not merely futile but counterproductive.

Note from Mario:  One of the driving forces of my life is the truth that Christ got me out of the ghetto and then He did the greater miracle of getting the ghetto out of me.  I do not condemn social workers and government programs.  What I do condemn is blind allegiance to ideas, methods, and spending by those in authority in the inner city who know better than anyone that they do not work.