Celebrity Pastors Need To Meet The Un-Celebrity Former President

Celebrity Pastors Need To Meet The Un-Celebrity Former President August 22, 2018


Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: “C’mon, kid.”

She laughs and takes his hand, and they walk carefully through a neighbor’s kitchen filled with 1976 campaign buttons, photos of world leaders and a couple of unopened cans of Billy Beer, then out the back door, where three Secret Service agents wait.

They do this just about every weekend in this tiny town where they were born — he almost 94 years ago, she almost 91. Dinner at their friend Jill Stuckey’s house, with plastic Solo cups of ice water and one glass each of bargain-brand chardonnay, then the half-mile walk home to the ranch house they built in 1961.

On this south Georgia summer evening, still close to 90 degrees, they dab their faces with a little plastic bottle of No Natz to repel the swirling clouds of tiny bugs. Then they catch each other’s hands again and start walking, the former president in jeans and clunky black shoes, the former first lady using a walking stick for the first time.

The 39th president of the United States lives modestly, a sharp contrast to his successors, who have left the White House to embrace power of another kind: wealth.

Even those who didn’t start out rich, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, have made tens of millions of dollars on the private-sector opportunities that flow so easily to ex-presidents.

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  • Tucker

    I’m wondering if the difference here might be because Jimmy Carter is a follower of Jesus and the celebrity pastors are simply celebrity pastors. I’ve never heard Hybels, Driscoll, Olsteen or other celebrity pastors preach, but I have sat in on Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School class and I knew then without a doubt that he was a follower of Jesus.

  • Clay Knick

    This was wonderful. Too bad so many hear or read this or anything else about Carter and react with contempt or anger. I’ve mentioned him positively in a few sermons and received push back about the stories I’ve told and none of them came from his presidency. Some of us can’t hear anything that contradicts our
    opinions about anyone because they are not part of “our” party or clan or tribe.

  • scotmcknight

    Thanks so much Tucker.

  • Patrick

    Friend of mine has tapes of President Carter teaching in class. God love this sweet, wonderful “follower of Christ”.