There’s an old adage that goes, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” Not so Jimmy Carter.
When I hear what comes out of his mouth these days, I have to pinch myself and wonder how I voted for him for president – TWICE, no less!
The latest drivel is that Jesus would support abortion and same-sex “marriage.”
All I can say is that must be some other Jesus – not Jesus of Nazareth. Maybe he’s talking about Jesus of San Francisco or Jesus of West Hollywood or Jesus of Manhattan.
“I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex,” he said. “The only thing I would draw a line on, I wouldn’t be in favor of the government being able to force a local church congregation to perform gay marriages if they didn’t want to. I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.”
Notice how many times, in explaining what is right or wrong in Jesus’ eyes, Carter says, “I think.”
Jesus’ standards, God’s standards, have nothing to do with what we think. We can think whatever we want, but God decides what’s right and wrong, good or evil. And all we know about His standards is what He says in His Word – the Bible. So why don’t we take a look at that, rather than ask Jimmy Carter.
It’s worth noting that, according to the Bible, Jesus is our Creator, the maker of all things that are made (John 1:3). He’s both God and the only mediator between man and God (1 Timothy 2:5). So, it’s worth noting that when God speaks in the Bible (Old Testament or New), it’s Jesus talking.
So, what does Jesus have to say about homosexuality and marriage. It’s actually quite clear. It’s unambiguous. Let’s take a look:
- Genesis 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Jesus Himself speaks similar words in Matthew 19:5: “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” Can a man call another man his wife? Nowadays it happens, but it’s not what God had in mind, as you will see.
- Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Clear enough? If not, try this: Leviticus 20:13: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Don’t like the Old Testament? How about the New? Romans 1:26-27: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
Maybe Jimmy thinks, “Well, those were the days before Pride.” Not exactly. In fact, let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about Pride:
- Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
- Psalm 10:4: “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”
- Proverbs 8:13: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Jesus has a lot to say about pride – none of it good: Mark 7:21-23: “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
And what about abortion? What does Jesus have to say about that?
- Genesis 49:25: “Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:”
- Psalm 22:10: “I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.”
- Psalm 127:3: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
- Psalm 139:13: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”
- Isaiah 44:24: “Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”
- Ezekiel 16:21: “That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?”
I don’t know how to say it more candidly: God hates those who kill their children, who sacrifice them to other gods – be those gods called “choice” or “Baal.”
Even Jimmy Carter admitted, “I have had a problem with abortion. And this has been a long-time problem of mine. I have a hard time believing that Jesus would approve abortions unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger. So, I’ve had that struggle.”
But don’t worry about Jimmy Carter’s struggle. Concern yourself with the struggles of an innocent, helpless unborn child in his or her mother’s womb.
Jimmy Carter: Not even a broken clock is so consistently wrong.
Joseph Farah’s latest book is “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament.” You can bet Jimmy Carter won’t read it.