Jimmy Carter Shows Grace

At the prayer service before Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony (the same ceremony in which Robert Jeffress preached) Jerry Falwell Jr. read from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter six, verses 5-13.  Those familiar with this passage will recall that it is about prayer. It includes the words of the Lord’s Prayer or, as I knew it when I was a kid, the “Our Father.”

This is not a big story.  Falwell Jr. was one of the first evangelical leaders to back Donald Trump’s candidacy.

I did, however, find it interesting that following the service Falwell Jr. met former POTUS Jimmy Carter.

Here is a taste of a Liberty University press release about Falwell Jr.’s encounter with Carter:

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, was in attendance and was especially warm, Falwell said.

“He stopped me afterward and told me he thought I did a good job,” Falwell said. “He said he saw my name on the program before I spoke, and he thought it was great that I’d be here to read Scripture. He was very kind.” 

After the service, the attendees went to the Capitol for the Inauguration ceremony.

Jimmy Carter is a gracious man.  Some of you may remember what Jerry Falwell Jr. said about him during the 2016 campaign.  (Start at the 4:10 mark and listen until the 5:30 mark)