I have always admired Jimmy Carter, not for his 1 term in the oval office, but for his willingness to try to live out his faith in the public arena. Now I may not agree always with how he has done that, but my hat has always been off to him for at least being transparent about his Christianity and living out his beliefs. Recently President Carter was interviews by The Christian Post and he admitted that he felt Jesus would not approve of abortion in almost all circumstances. Let me share with you a few of President Carter’s comments given in that interview.
Jimmy Carter Urges Democrats to take a different stand on abortion
“I never found any incompatibilities though between my religious faith and my duties as a politician except in the case of abortion,”‘ Carter told CP in an interview. “I don’t believe that Jesus would approve abortion except in the case of incest, rape or the mother’s life in danger.”
“But I had to enforce the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade so I tried to do everything I could to minimize the need for abortions, making it easy to adopt children and by caring for women and infant children in the so-called WIC program,” Carter continued. “So, that was an incompatibility that I had, to maintain peace and to put my basic Christian moral values into practice, were the things that were most challenging for me.”
“I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need, requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest,” Carter said Thursday on Laura Ingraham’s radio program.”
Jimmy Carter, Politics, and Abortion
Now personally, I try not to get into the arena of faith and politics. Not because I do not have my views or vote my conscience, but because I view my calling as a pastor to be a higher calling than the mudslinging that both parties do against one another. I am called to shepherd Democrats and Republicans and Independents. I have all 3 within my congregation. I am personally registered as an Independent for just that reason. If I was to join a political party it would be one that I formed myself called “Throw All The Bums Out Party”.
That being said, when an issue of morality come to the surface, I will address the issue. President Carter is to be commended for swimming against the mainstream of his party and taking the stance that he has taken. Abortion as a means of birth control is wrong no matter your political persuasion. There is room for a debate concerning the issue of the morality of it when it comes to rape, incest, and the possible death of the mother vs. what Jesus would approve of. People of good conscience may disagree here, but that is only 1%-5% of all cases of abortion in America. There is no moral standing for the rest. It is infanticide plain and simple.
The infant in the womb is the most defenseless and dependent human being on the planet and if we do not speak up, do not protect the rights of those that cannot speak for themselves then we have become no better than barbarians. So thank you President Carter for speaking up for the little ones.