James, Politics, Prophets, Psalms

Show By Your Good Life

Jimmycarter460 (Thinking about Proper 20B again.)

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. (James 3:13)

He's a former President, a Sunday School teacher and a builder of houses for people in need.

He's an old school liberal. 

He failed to win re-election, in large measure because he could not get the hostages out of Iran.

He told us, wisely, to turn down our thermostats and put on a sweater.

(My daughter believes this was brilliant and cannot understand why people derided him.)

He's a prophet. And you know how much people like prophets.

It was the LORD who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds.But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!" (Jeremiah 11:18-19)

This morning I turned on that show again, and in the two minutes I watched, I heard President Carter described as "malevolent" and "ignorant" by a person who also accused him of "poisoning the health care debate."

Seriously, Pat Buchanan? After a summer of rowdy demonstrations and guns being carried to public events and posters of the President depicted as a witch doctor, this gentle old man is responsible for "poisoning" the debate?

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;

but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.

They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. (from Psalm 1)

We often hear that history will have the last word on Presidents. I'm fairly sure this President's leaves will not wither.

10 thoughts on “Show By Your Good Life”

  1. I love Jimmy Carter. He is not afraid to speak truth to power and advocate for those who lack power. And he walks the talk. He seems to me a person of gentle heart, and there is much to be learned from his example. Another gospel president, as I like to refer to Obama.

  2. Once again..you nailed it. Why aren’t we talking about this mainstream…..or is the blogsphere now the mainstream and the dialogue tool? This will preach and you will get an AMEN!

  3. I think it is so said that the politics of right and left prevent people from recognizing truth when spoken, from either side.

  4. Liz said…”I think it is so sad that the politics of right and left prevent people from recognizing truth when spoken, from either side.”
    I say, “Amen and Amen.” As usual Songbird, your words are whispering in the wind today…softly written, but when many pick up the whisper, the whisper resonates (Webster…to relate harmoniously; strike a chord.)

  5. Let me add an “AMEN!” to your words, preach it, sister. I’m a former Republican who voted for President Obama and I’m not sure what to call myself anymore…other than a Follower of Christ. I’m ashamed at the words of my brother citizens.

  6. Thank you. I totally agree with you on the President we called “Jimmy”.
    I have officially turned off the political media in our house. As I type, CBC radio is on. Gotta love those Canadians!
    My opinion is: “if the media would quit pandering to every sound bite each politician wants to give, then perhaps the politicians would get back on the hill and get to work.”
    So my turning off the media is consistent with my parenting policy of “I will not reward bad behavior. Get to work!”

  7. Jimmy Carter is one of my heroes, and I predict that history will judge him more kindly in retrospect. And I think that calling him a prophet is spot on!

  8. I have admired Jimmy Carter since 1976. The first time I ever voted, I voted for him.
    And if I could ever meet a famous person of my own choosing, it would be he.

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