This was a comment I left on the story Jimmy Carter Leaves Church Over Treatment of Women article that ran on Politics Daily today…
This is great news! Jimmy Carter should not be claiming to be a Christian, if he doesn’t agree with the teachings in the Word of God (Bible). Nowhere does the Bible condone “slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime.” This is a foolish argument.
The Bible does set up a structure for the family unit, where the man is the head of the household (and he is to love his wife like Christ loves the Church). You might find this family structure offensive in today’s terms — in which case, you should take it up with the Bible’s author — God, because I’m simply restating what the Creator of the universe has said — neither I, nor the Southern Baptist Church came up with this.
As Christians, we believe the Bible is the Word of God, and that all instructions within it are beneficial to our lives — even if current cultural fads don’t agree. If Carter doesn’t want to submit his life to the lordship of Christ and God’s commands, he should definitely not associate himself with any Christian church.
I applaud Carter for showing his true colors, so that no Christian is confused by his erroneous political/religious beliefs.