Always a Reckoning by Jimmy Carter In this moving, wide-ranging, and intensely personal collection of poems — his first — President Jimmy Carter opens to us his very private and reflective world. Always a Reckoning is sparked with wry and sometimes bitter humor, warmed with tenderness, and glowing with an intense and passionate caring that is born of an awareness both political and sensual. Through the Carter Center, which he and Rosalynn Carter founded inhe has fought neglected diseases, waged peace in war zones, and built hope among some of the most forgotten and needy people in the world.
In this book, my primary goal is to explore the broader meaning of faith, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present, and future events in America and around the world. I also emphasize the religious aspects of faith since this is how the word is most often used, and I have included a description of the ways my own faith has guided and sustained me, as well as how it has challenged and driven me to seek a closer and better relationship with people and with God.
Faith, in both its religious and broader dimensions, influences our individual and communal lives, our lives in religion, and our lives in government and in secular affairs. The most important element of faith ever imposed on me, and on another person simultaneously, involved the threat of the total elimination of human life on earth by a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
This was a constant haunting realization that dominated my conscious hours during my term in office—and I shared the responsibility with Leonid Brezhnev, President of the Soviet Union.
Our common goal, of course, was to avoid a nuclear war. Brezhnev and I had to have faith in ourselves, and in each other. Every decision I made was affected by this threat, and it still exists, as the same responsibility is passed on from one president to the next.
We face many issues within which religion, politics, and private matters tend to mix, sometimes explosively, creating sharp divisions among us, in our private and public lives and between and within religious denominations. It is increasingly difficult to keep issues of religion and government separate, as even the purely religious issues are routinely addressed by politicians—and vice versa.
I have confronted the separation of government and religion from both directions. How would you like to have a congregation that big? At the same time, there must be an absolute prohibition against granting any control by government over our religious freedoms.
More recently, since our years in the White House, I have tended to move away from politics and toward religion, but the two are still related. In a speech to my fellow Baptists inI tried to explain the duality of my personal responsibilities as a president and a Christian: Thomas Jefferson, in the original days of our country, said he was fearful that the church might influence the state to take away human liberty.
Roger Williams, who created the first Baptist church in America, was afraid that the church might be corrupted by the state.
At the same time, of course, in public office you cannot impose your own religious beliefs on others. In my office at the White House I have to deal with many domestic and international problems: But this is more than a list of political problems. These are also moral problems for you and me, because they violate the very precepts of God in which we believe.
I want our country to be strong enough in all elements, military and otherwise, so we never have to prove we are strong. Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book Moral Man and Immoral Society, pointed out the difference between a society and a people. The expectations from a person are a much higher standard.
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A person should have as our goal complete agape self-sacrificial love. The most we can expect from a society is to institute simple justice. So, we as people have to do better, particularly if we are blessed with the opportunity to demonstrate our worth. Leaders also must be careful not to be too timid.
A country will have authority and influence because of moral factors, not its military strength; because it can be humble and not blatant and arrogant; because our people and our country want to serve others and not dominate others. And a nation without morality will soon lose its influence around the world.
What are the goals of a person or a denomination or a country? They are all remarkably the same: I was brought up in a family that was stable, cohesive, and remarkably isolated from the outside world, except for the small community of Plains, Georgia. Home was our unchangeable haven, in times of pain or pleasure.
Together, our parents were dominant, and we children respected and obeyed them. In fact, I never deliberately disobeyed either of them.
It was my mother, then my father, in whom I had absolute faith. Nowadays, most Americans move around frequently and are exposed to many influences, and our environments and customs are multifaceted.
But for me as a child, there were just a few sources of knowledge about myself or any other people.After reaching out to host of historians, foreign policy experts, academics and various think tankers here's one stab at answering a question which, in many respects, has no right answer.
Lillian Carter on the family farm with her daughter, Ruth, and her son, Jimmy. (Courtesy Jimmy Carter Library) Jimmy Carter was educated in the Plains public schools, and studied at Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology before entering the United States Naval Academy.
January,9 -Carter frees the Iranian hostages Leadership Commander-in-Chief Presidential Campaign During the growing energy crisis, Jimmy Carter had to try and find ways to rally support from the public to help in preventing the crisis from reaching a critical level. Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from to In , he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the alphabetnyc.coms: Former President Jimmy Carter shares the values, experiences, and Christian beliefs that have shaped his life, offering lessons from the Bible and personal experience, and sharing stories of people whose lives have touched his in positive, lasting ways.
The Carter Center is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of election observation. It has monitored elections in 39 countries, helping to ensure democratic elections that reflect the will of the people.