If you believe one candidate for sheriff of Floyd County, God guaranteed him the job if he entered the race.

Paul Hill, a mechanic who works for an excavating company, says God woke him up at three in the morning back in December 2009 and told him to run against popular county sheriff Shannon Zeman.  Zeman faces both Hill and former deputy Laura Sparks in the November general election.

In his election announcement, reported in NRV News, Hill said:

In December of 2009, God woke me up at three in the morning. I sat up in bed and a loud voice spoke, saying, ‘Paul, it is time to start telling people about this, and if you work at this, I will deliver this to you.’ “

Interesting.  How, we wonder, will God “deliver” the job to Hill?  Will he (or she) rig the voting machines?  Will he (or she) serve as Hill’s campaign consultant?  Will God host a Glenn Beck style rally for Hill?

Hill admits he doesn’t have actual experience in law enforcement but says that doesn’t matter.

I don’t have experience, but I’m a commonsense man. I think people are ready for someone who will listen to their opinions and needs and work to make the county a safer and happier place.

Hill is not the first candidate to claim a mandate from God.  Candidates and elected officials all the way up to President of the United States have invoked God’s calling as rationalizations for their actions. Former President George W. Bush said God told him to invade Iraq and we all know how that turned out.

We checked the voter rolls in Floyd County and couldn’t find a registration for God and we can’t find a single time when the deity has publicly endorsed a candidate.

While God hasn’t yet issued a press release publicly endorsing Hill for sheriff, the candidate who claims his blessing apparently feels he has divine guidance when it comes to placement of his campaign signs without permission.

In the last two weeks, we have received numerous complaints from county residents who say Hill’s yard signs have appeared on their property without anyone asking for permission to put them up.  Others have complained to the sheriff’s department.

We’ve also seen signs for Hill placed on road rights-of-way — a violation of Virginia law.

Which makes us wonder if God told him to do that too.

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