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Servant leader

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Anybody catch Jimmy Carter in his recent book tour?

Whether or not you agree with his political views, you have to be impressed with the man.

He was vilified as one of the least effective presidents in recent history, yet in his life after the presidency, he has not wavered in his commitment to peace, to the poor, and seeking justice for the oppressed.

His support for Habitat for Humanity as turned a simple idea of neighbors helping neighbors into a world wide movement.

He is recognized around the world as a man of principle. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2002 (only the third US president to win that award). He has been an effective negotiator and international election monitor, though he holds no formal post in any government.

He criticized Clinton for pardoning a political contributor. He was an early and vocal critic of Bush’s decision to invade Iraq and the detention policies that followed. In Our Endangered Values: America‘s Moral Crisis, he details his concerns over the political influence of the religious right. In Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, he holds Israel accountable for their treatment of the Palestinians and lays out his recommendations for a path to peace in the area.

He obviously is politically fearless, and yet even as he is holding the world’s leaders to a higher standard, he seems to treat all with Christian kindness, humility, patience, and love. During an interview I saw recently, he even had kind words to say about Nixon while at the same time acknowledging Nixon’s glaring weaknesses.

I don’t know if we will ever see another man like Carter attempt to lead the country as President, but the world is clearly a better place for his efforts to lead a life guided by his deep faith in God.

“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Matt 23:12