Larger-than-usual crowds of well-wishers meant former President Jimmy Carter had to teach an extra Bible class at his rural Georgia church and a local schoolhouse on Sunday, after he announced on Thursday cancer had spread to his brain.
Carter, 90, a lifelong Baptist and church deacon, has taught Sunday school for decades, and the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, is used to a throng.
The church’s website asks people to line up before 9:00 a.m. and attend an orientation before the 10 a.m. class.
The theme of the lesson was love, Carter told the 300 people who filled the church’s sanctuary, after briefly alluding to his health.
“We are studying the most important aspect of Christianity,” he said, and read from the Sermon on the Mount in the Book of Matthew: “I say to you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
The article goes on to say that Carter taught a second Sunday school lesson so that those who could not attend the first were not left out. And then afterward he posed for pictures with well wishers for over half an hour.
You know along with the great Fred Rogers, Jimmy Carter is one of those people who literally embodies his Christian teachings. Mr. Rogers was also a Sunday school teacher, and by EVERY account was as wonderful in private as we was on TV.
Jimmy Carter is also a great example of Christianity done right.
It really is too bad that there are so many out there using Christianity as an excuse to hate, or as camouflage to cover for their bad intent.
If there were more Jimmy Carters (And of course Mr. Rogers) serving as examples for their faith in the world, I bet there would also be fewer Christians leaving the fold.
And remember, this is an Atheist saying that.