Jimmy Carter (and Hope) in the News - Sightings (Martin Marty)
Many years ago Jimmy Carter first ran for President. Most of my evangelical friends were big supporters, because he was a born again Christian. I came from a strong Republican family, so I voted for Gerry Ford in my first ever election. Jimmy Carter went on to become President, with much evangelical support (as Martin Marty notes below). It didn't take long before that support gave way, and Ronald Reagan won in 1980 with strong evangelical support. I was still a Republican, so I voted for Reagan (but not because of his religion). Jimmy Carter was a one-term President who would go on to become a powerful voice for justice and mercy, even as he got his hands dirty building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Martin Marty notes here the change in evangelicalism since Carter first ran for President in 1976. I invite you to read and perhaps offer your thoughts about him and his successors -- especially relating to the role of faith.