I mostly agree with Carter's perspective on homosexuality: Jesus did NOT treat homosexuality, specifically and He certainly never said any group should be condemned (certainly not by us "other" human beings). Condemnation is God's job, despite what the fine folks at Westboro Baptist Church would delude themselves into believing: He has given us the job of bringing people into the kingdom, not forbidding them from it.Jimmy Carter on Homosexuality: ‘Jesus Never Said a Word About It’
March 19, 2012
by Billy Hallowell
...HuffPo’s Senior Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush started the conversation by asking Carter if God wrote the Bible.
“God inspired the Bible but didn’t write every word in the Bible,” Carter responded. “We know, for instance that stars can’t fall on the earth, stars are much larger than the earth. That was a limitation of knowledge of the universe or physics, or astronomy at that time, but that doesn’t bother me at all.”
When it came to addressing homosexuality, a contentious issue in many Christian circles, Carter talked about its historical nature and delved into his views on how civil ceremonies should be treated:
“Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.
Where Carter and I diverge is in his inference that Jesus, therefore, would have us remain silent on the subject of specific sins (such as homosexuality, adultery, incest, and etc.). Jesus spoke at length on the topic of sin and that He did or did not mention a specific sin neither elevates it or subordinates it: Sin is sin and all sin separates us from God. THAT was the point of Jesus' ministry: To reconcile us (sinners) to God.
In short, what Carter seems to miss in my estimation is that the Bible DOES address homosexuality specifically elsewhere (2 Timothy, for example) and also points it out as separating us from God in Leviticus. It would be inconsistent for The Bible to call a sin "sin" but ignore those admonitions based on what was recorded that Jesus, specifically, said or didn't say.