John R. PEACHER
2592 Eagle School Road
Martinsburg, WV 25404-0627
December 17, 2007
THE CARTER CENTER
ONE COPENHILL AVE.
PO BOX 47626
RE LETTER FROM CARTER CENTER AND JIMMY CARTER COMMENTS THEREIN
Dear President Carter:
Your efforts to alleviate the suffering of the less fortunate around this nation and the world are commendable. You and your wife set an excellent example for all former Presidents and government officials to emulate during their career, and more so, after retirement.
With all due respect, a specific area your efforts are misguided and in serious error regard the misguided, and hopefully mistaken appeasement to the enemies of freedom loving persons in regard to Israel. Six billion persons inhabit this troubled planet and your actions have equalized the playing field between entities whose stated goal is the elimination of the State of Israel. You have exhibited an ability to actually sit and negotiate with the Devil in that regard. Talk and diplomatic niceties are an affront to a people that are under a constant rocket barrage and face violence and the possibility of murder and injury every day, as the Israeli population does.
The statement in your letter to me dated November 19, 2007 requesting support saying “The Carter Center has received the support of former Senator Sam Nunn, Secretary of State James Baker, Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Gerald Ford…” and many others is further confirmation of how deceptive the enemies of peace are in their ability to muddy the waters and the distinction between right and wrong, evil and good, light and darkness. The list of supporters you provide in your letter is most troubling when taken in context with efforts to further divide the Land of Israel to appease terrorist governments and entities.
The efforts of the Carter Center to house the destitute, feed the hungry, clothe the poor confirm that your heart is in the right place in that regard. But I cannot support a Center that will further divide the Land of Israel as part of its agenda. If I did so, I would also be obligated to send support to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard or Hamas.
As troubling to me is that as a Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher and deacon, how can stand in front of people quoting Scripture and represent these anti Semitic ideologies given the stated word God has spoken in regard to His people and His land?
Consider Zechariah 8:11-15, for example:
“But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.”
“And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing; fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked Me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not; So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; fear ye not.”
In this context The Carter Center and your extensive list of supporters have come down on the wrong side of the fence on this important issue. If you take Zechariah chapter 12 as further proof of God’s plan for Israel, your stand is directly opposed to His will and thus, is doomed to failure; just as the Holocaust failed, the pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe failed, the Crusades failed, and the Spanish Inquisition failed, and as assimilation of the Jews failed over the several thousand years to wipe out the memory of Israel from the earth.
I recommend a reading of Psalm 83. The list of nations, tribes, organizations and powerful entities that had gathered against His people is also quite extensive; but none the less, God filled their faces with shame and they perished; as will all who gather against His stated will in this new millennium of 2000 AD and beyond.
The Jesus, the Savior, you speak of in Sunday School and in your Church is called the Son of David; He will sit on the Throne of David in an undivided Jerusalem and rule in righteousness and eternity. Given this Biblical fact, which you apparently accept as a self proclaimed born again Christian, how can you advance the forces arrayed against Israel? If God changes His mind regarding Israel, then theoretically He could possibly change His mind regarding salvation; we both know neither will happen because He does not change.
I beg of you to reexamine your theology in regard to this issue, and I wish the Carter Center much success in support of the poor, the needy, and the oppressed; and only in those areas.
JOHN R. PEACHER