What a wonderful and benevolent government Jesus could have set up. How exemplary justice would have been. Maybe there would have been Habitat projects all over Israel for anyone who needed a home. And the proud, the rich, and the powerful could not have dominated their fellow citizensâ€¦As a twentieth-century governor and president I would have had a perfect pattern to follow. I could have pointed to the Bible and told other government leaders, "This is what Jesus did 2000 years ago in government. Why don't we do the same?"
Yeah, because Jesus really should have been more concerned with setting government precedents than...oh, call me crazy...freeing mankind from sin and whatnot.
The convenient left wing theologian strikes again.
Hat tip to Jonah Goldberg of National Review for the link.
Update: Ok, I've been informed that Carter isn't fully quoted:
But the devil stipulated fatal provisos: an abandonment of God, and an acknowledgment of earthly things as dominant. ... Anyone who accepts kingship based on serving the devil rather than God will end up a tyrant, not a benevolent leader.
Of course, those serving the Devil in this case would be those who don't love big government Jesus as much as he does. After all, we are talking about a man who thought the elections here were fixed, but those in Venezuela were free and fair.