Former President Jimmy Carter’s advocacy of Islam brings to mind something my grandfather used to say: “A leopard can’t change its spots.”
Little did I know at the time, he was quoting Jeremiah, who 625 years before Christ admonished people to return to God—a warning equally relevant today.
In 1976 Carter famously declared he was born-again. Introducing his “deep Christian faith” into politics, he frequently invoked “evangelical” vocabulary. His presidential platform incorporated key concepts from a little-known document, the “Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern,” conceived three years earlier by a group of men in Chicago who first introduced America to the term “Progressive Evangelical.”
And so it began. Newsweek dubbed 1976: “The Year of the Evangelical.” To counter Carter and the “Religious Left,” Republican strategists found their own “evangelicals” to redirect political dialogue, ushering in the “Religious Right.”
One generation later, Christianity in America continues to be distorted by the media, politicians, academics, and clergymen. Americans, in droves, succumb to the prosperity gospel, or the emergent church and prophecy movements. Self-identifying Christians cannot articulate what they believe or what they think Christianity is, or is not.
Christians are categorized as “Conservative,” “Liberal,” “Mainstream,” “Progressive,” “Evangelical,” “Orthodox,” “Calvinist,” “Neo-Calvinist,” “Anabaptist,” “authentic” or “nominal/secular.” Yet, these definitions vary depending on who uses them and to what end—to the point that their meaning becomes irrelevant. Such labeling distorts the Gospel message and confuses understanding who Jesus is and what he said about himself.
Sadly, and not surprisingly, Jimmy Carter (and many others) uses his faith to justify and advocate on behalf of policies that are anti-Biblical. Numerous examples abound, but a few recent examples should suffice.
In 2012, when Zondervan, the “Evangelical Christian” Publishing house produced the NIV Jimmy Carter Bible, Carter expressed his support for same-sex marriage, falsely claiming that the Bible says nothing about the issue. Misstating scripture to advance a political agenda is one thing. But blatantly lauding a false religious ideology that is causing the systematic annihilation of Christians worldwide—is another matter entirely.
At a Carter Foundation event last year, Carter asserted Biblical doctrine (prohibiting women ministers or priests) limits women’s human rights in the same vein as Islamic doctrine that advocates child marriage, child prostitution and sex slavery, FGM, honor killings, and little-to-know legal rights for women.
This past Labor Day, Carter was the keynote speaker at the 51st Annual Conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The ISNA is the largest Muslim organization in North America, established by American members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its president, Imam Mohamed Magid, is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Board.
ISNA’s Director of Leadership Development, Louay Safi, also a Muslim Brotherhood member, is the Pentagon’s Muslim military chaplain—and—the director of the Syrian National Council, the group waging civil war against the Assad regime, eradicating Christians in the process.
Like a leopard, Carter’s original spots, his innate nature, no matter how well disguised, were revealed. Sadly, Carter embodies all of what God hates:
- A lying tongue: No one who knows Jesus Christ could ever say, as Carter did, that “the principles of Allah” are key to peace in the Middle East. No Christian can affirm the Qur’an as anything other than false.
- Hands that shed innocent blood: Carter could have seen the conference as an opportunity to publicly condemn the mass genocide of Christians by Muslims (Death to “Slaves of the Cross“). But he did the opposite.
- A heart that devises wicked plans: ISNA uses “Taqqiya,” Qur’an-sanctioned deceit that promotes Islam as a “religion of peace.” Rather than call them out, Carter practiced it, falsely asserting Islam as a “religion of peace.”
- Feet that make haste to run to evil: Carter ignores the fundamental teaching of the Qur’an: Muslims are required to implement Shari’a worldwide; non-Muslims must convert to Islam or be slaughtered, as is happening right now. No Christian can stand with the very people who are killing fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. But Carter does.
- A false witness who breathes out lies: No one who calls Jesus Lord, as Carter claims he does, could ever acknowledge that Allah even exists, let alone is God. Carter could have clarified that Allah is a false god and that the Qur’an is a figment of imagination contrived by a deranged self-proclaimed prophet who killed, raped, and tortured those who disagreed with him.
ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and many other groups are neither “extreme” nor “radical.” They are simply adhering to the Qur’an. The Muslim Brotherhood of ISNA, the White House and Homeland Security believe its motto: “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Qur’an is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
Christians do not believe this. In fact, we boldly reject it. Proclaiming instead that the only God is known through his only son, Jesus Christ, fully aware that the Muslims in the White House are working with men like Carter to advance Islam at home and abroad.
None should be fooled by Carter’s support of Islam. Rather, Jeremiah clarifies: As a leopard cannot change its spots, “those who are taught to do evil, cannot do good.”
September 5, 2014