Jimmy Carter’s abiding faith in God is well-known and has been chronicled extensively since the moment he burst onto the national political scene more than four decades ago.
So, when he tells a Sunday school audience that he is “at peace” with the prospect of death, should the rest of us be surprised? Of course not! Those are the words of a man committed to his deep Christian faith.
Christianity tells us that faith and belief in Jesus’s teaching and his existence as the son of God means we pass from worldly life to eternal life. That has been President Carter’s credo. It has sustained him through an amazing life of service to his country and then, through his faith, to his fellow humans.
This former president has set at least three remarkable records.
- President Carter is the oldest living man who has held the nation’s highest office.
- He has lived longer in his post-presidency than any other former president.
- Oh, and his marriage of 73 years to his beloved Rosalynn is the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history.
Jimmy Carter, the nation’s 39th president, has lived an exemplary life. He has committed himself to others, choosing to forgo a life of personal enrichment.
It is totally in keeping with this man’s good life that he would be “at peace” with knowing that his time on Earth will end.
You may count me as one American who wants him to remain among us for as long as is humanly possible.
Thank you, Mr. President, for your glorious service to the nation — and to the world.