Jimmy Carter’s silent ignominy
If there was ever a doubt that Jimmy Carter is theologically short a bushel of peanuts, lay them aside. Carter, the former US president who has sunk deeper and deeper into irrelevance, practically nails his coffin shut with this statement to the Huffington Post. Attempting to “answer hard biblical questions”, he instead reveals just how shallow his understanding of simple scripture passages actually is.
“Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies. I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.”
Unfortunately, the first thing out of Jimmy Carter’s mouth is a one of the most trite religious ditties still in gay theology rotation today.
Jesus never said a word about homosexuality.
Does silence equal consent? Progays assume that since Jesus was technically silent about homosexuality, it must mean he either approved or didn’t think the issue was important. Consequently, neither should we. This may work well as cheap soundbite filler material, but its just theological pink slime. But lets humor President Carter’s overcooked logic so that you can see that it should be forever abandoned as a legitimate defense of homosexual conduct.
Jesus didn’t say anything about beastiality, beating your wife (husband), smoking cigarettes, doing crack cocaine, childhood obesity, or incest. Now, which one of these does Jimmy Carter want give his stamp of approval to?
The silence statement is a slim technical truth that the gay affirmers exploit with deadly precision. But as we cited above the same statement works against them if allowed to follow a honest logical trajectory.
Jesus himself cited Old Testament writings 78 times, the Pentateuch alone 26 times. In doing so he affirmed the moral mandates of the Old Testament which forbade homosexual behavior among many other things such as incest, sex with animals, and cross dressing. He did not address dietary law, rituals, clothing or similar laws because those were unique to people of Jewish descent. But moral laws were applicable to both Jews and Gentiles alike (reference the Apostles instructions in Acts . Not once did Jesus ever encourage or participate in breaking God’s moral law (Hebrews 4:15).
In Matthew 19:3-9, when asked about divorce, Jesus responded with a sweeping condemnation of all relationships except those which met God’s original intent. This was one man with one woman for life.
The attempts of misguided sexual politics to divorce Jesus from God or the Bible fall way short of true biblical interpretation. Any simple study of the scripture will show that Jesus is God (1John 4:23), Jesus is the Word (logos) made flesh (John 1:14) and ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16). Thus, there can be no separation of the critical and fundamental truths when determining the critical moral and spiritual questions of our time.
The rest of Jimmy Carter’s comment is just opinion. After such a dismal presidency, I wouldn’t want to deny him that luxury.