Mayor Pete Shows-Up at Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class

Carter and Pete

Carter invited Buttigieg to read scripture, but so far I have not seen anything on the what specific passage he asked the South Bend mayor to read.

Buttigieg showed-up unannounced.  Carter, perhaps in an attempt to avoid playing favorites, told the members of the class that Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, both Democratic presidential candidates, have also visited his class.

Read all about it here.

Frankly, I am not a fan of this.  As I have said multiple times at this blog in the context of conservative evangelical political activity, I don’t like bringing politics into the church in this way.  Call me a skeptic, but this move by Buttigieg looks like an attempt to win the support of progressive Christians.

9 thoughts on “Mayor Pete Shows-Up at Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class

  1. No one thought it was a spontaneous declaration of faith or devotion. It is and is supposed to be a transparent show of political affiliation with a particular religious culture. And it’s effective. It’s nice to see a liberal or progressive not afraid to be associated with faith.

    I don’t think it’s great either but as long as one side is doing it the other side will have to do it too.

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  2. I have no doubt he was showing respect, Karen. But let’s at least acknowledge that he traveled from South Bend, Indiana to Plains, Georgia during a presidential election season to show such respect. 🙂

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  3. Let me make at least one peripherally positive comment about the mayor. He did wear a coat and tie in contrast to Jimmy Carter’s “dressing down.” The former president’s bolo string neckwear is not going to win any haberdashery awards. While Mayor Pete’s attire doesn’t look like something he got from Brooks Brothers or Seville Row, at least he tried. 🕵️‍♂️

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  4. “this move by Buttigieg looks like an attempt to win the support of progressive Christians.”

    Absolutely. A politician is never not campaigning. Never.

    And unless a church (or Christian event) wants to be a platform for a campaign, it should never, never, be hosting a politician doing anything.

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    • I have no doubt he was showing respect, Karen. But let’s at least acknowledge that he traveled from South Bend, Indiana to Plains, Georgia during a presidential election season to show such respect. 🙂

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  5. John,

    I respect your consistency on keeping all politicians’ campaign machinations out of churches.

    As far as the passage of scripture Jimmy Carter asked the mayor to read, we can pretty well safely say that it was not Matthew 19:5. “…For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they Twain shall be one flesh.”

    James

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