Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have publicly proclaimed their Christianity more than any others in recent history, yet due to the miscues of both, the world has become a much more dangerous place to live and the enemies of Christ have advanced further in a shorter period of time than anyone could have imagined. At the epicenter of both men's mistakes is the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism and the Biblically-described "pupil of God's eye". Iran and Israel have played a paramount role in shaping world unrest on the stage of global politics and Carter and Bush have been the worst directors in history.
Carter befriended Yassir Arafat, the terrorist leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and started the process of pressuring Israel giving up land to the terrorists for peace. Carter also had a hand in deposing the Shah of Iran, a staunch American ally who ruled with an iron fist over the radical Islamic Ayatollahs. In seeing that the Shah was removed, Carter presided over establishing the radical terrorist onslaught that resulted in the American Embassy being held hostage by Islamists, but also enabled the Iranian-sponsored terrorist network to prosper. Rewarding Arafat for peace overtures-false as they were-and allowing Iran to radicalize set the stage for September 11, 2001.
In walks Bush with his concept of spreading peace through democracy. His initial response to the terrorist attacks was well measured and effective, but his concept of legitimizing terrorists through democratic elections is the launching pad for death and destruction emanating from the Muslim world. Bush and his Administration nearly single handedly was responsible for terrorist regimes being established in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Gaza by the ballot. Meantime, Bush relied on the United Nations as it failed to bring an end to the nuclear ambitions of Iran-now a central nation of power exporting terrorism worldwide. And Bush continues to pressure Israel to give up land for peace.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:24, "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Both Carter and Bush wore their brand of Christianity on their sleeves. And the Christians who elected them believed that great things would be accomplished for the Kingdom of heaven. Yet both men were impostors who accelerated end time prophecy because they refused to believe or understand it. They may not have deceived the "very elect," but they deceived the electorate-a combination that has made the world an even more dangerous place.