24 October 2012
Reflection on “Jimmy Carter Living Faith”
In the very beginning Carter discusses how the people of America strive to fulfill the needs in the world we live in, such as “feeding the hungry, do what is right, to be concerned about others, to be champions of peace, to keep our environment clean, and to understand and demonstrate that in God’s sight others are worthy as we are.” This all is true. We go through life trying to complete these goals and fulfill what is needed from us in society. Yet, Carter states how everyone in America has to think and deal with these everyday issues, but politicians have to some how fix and resolve them and if they do not, they will be held accountable.
Carter states in the beginning of the texts, “It is often the government, and not the Christian church, that is in the forefront of the struggle to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom to the prisoners, recover sight for the blind, and to release the oppressed.” I feel Carter is saying that the Christian churches talk about helping all the needy and spread the word to God to others, but when it comes down to it, the politicians are the ones doing all of the work in order for change and help this country be the best it can be. He gives an example saying how while teaching his class, Carter discusses that he believes that the people of the churches are more selfish than the people in politics. He then continues to talk about again how when it come to trying to make the country a better place, the politicians are truly trying to make a difference in the world, while the people of the church decide to have a seasonal interest in feeding the hungry. I think this is in some way true and false. I believe that it is true in the fact the churches are very self involved with other local churches or people of their own religion, but when it come to the church going out to attain a substantial change or make a difference...