President Jimmy Carter Thinks It Is VERY Fine for Gay People to Be Married
Former President Jimmy Carter talks Christianity and gay marriage in a new interview with HuffPost’s Senior Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush to promote his new book NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter.
While we have the utmost respect for President Carter, we’re not going to pretend that we have the stomach to make it through an entire book about someone’s interpretation of the Bible. So let’s just skip to the best part of the interview about the book, shall we?
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.
If chitty chatty Bible study with former leaders of the free world is your bag, then you may want to scoop up NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter.
Thanks for having our backs, Mr. President! That very was a nice touch, pal!