Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ben Carson handles spotlight ‘prayerfully, humbly’

In an interview, Dr. Ben Carson said he chooses to believe in a literal, six-day creation, and would willingly debate those who believe otherwise. Here he speaks at the Celebration of Creation outreach event on December 2 at the Adventist Church world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States│ANN

When Dr. Ben Carson spoke at February’s National Prayer Breakfast in front of United States President Barack Obama, his critical views on national healthcare legislation and the country’s increasing debt set the media abuzz.

His comments have since led to appearances and features in top news agencies, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox News.

Carson, 61, has served as director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, since he was 33 years old. A lifelong Seventh-day Adventist, he is a member of the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spencerville, Maryland.

He is the author of four books. His first, “Gifted Hands,” tells the story of his rise from a single-parent home in the inner city to a renowned medical career. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed Carson in an HBO movie of the same title.


Carson is no stranger to the spotlight. He first gained international recognition in 1987 for successfully separating cranially conjoined twins. He and his wife, Candy, launched the Carson Scholar’s Fund in 1994 to promote reading and scholastic achievement, offering trophies as big as those awarded to high school athletes.

He spoke to ANN briefly by telephone earlier this week, after having completed four surgeries in the morning and waiting for a team to call him to a fifth.

While the Seventh-day Adventist Church doesn’t corporately become involved in politics, ANN interviewed Carson about how he as an Adventist shoulders responsibility of media attention. He also discussed how his views stemming from his faith shape his beliefs about the earth’s origins, as well as his promotion of reading and educational opportunities in underprivileged communities.

The unedited interview in its entirety:

Adventist News Network: Do you feel a special sense of responsibility and stewardship for the attention you get?

Dr. Ben Carson: There’s no question God sets these things up. My whole life I feel has been orchestrated by him. When you’re placed on a platform, you have a definite responsibility to remember who put you there and why.

ANN: How do you handle the spotlight?

Carson: Prayerfully, humbly, recognizing that you always have to make sure you keep yourself in the background. It’s very easy when all the spotlights are on you to think, “Oh, wow, I’m a great person.” You have to make sure to resist the urge to think that, and always remember that whatever you do, God is first.

ANN: What do you want people to understand about the Seventh-day Adventist Church by looking at your life?

Carson: I want them to understand that we’re very reasonable people and kind people, but we do have values and principles that we live by, and those are the things God has set forth in his word.

ANN: Are there ever any times when you feel it’s best to distinguish yourself from the Seventh-day Adventist Church and what it teaches?

Carson: No, I don’t. You know, I’ve seen a lot of articles that say, “Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist, and that means he believes in the six-day creation. Ha ha ha.” You know, I’m proud of the fact that I believe what God has said, and I’ve said many times that I’ll defend it before anyone. If they want to criticize the fact that I believe in a literal six-day creation, let’s have at it because I will poke all kinds of holes in what they believe. In the end it depends on where you want to place your faith – do you want to place your faith in what God’s word says, or do you want to place your faith in an invention of man. You’re perfectly welcome to choose. I’ve chosen the one I want.

ANN: Are there any other things you think Seventh-day Adventists should speak out on?

Carson: Yeah, I think we should be the people who truly advocate for life. Abortions that are done on-demand are not within the purview of God’s will. We sit around and criticize ancient pagans for sacrificing babies and saying what heathens they were. But are we really any different if we go around killing babies because they’re inconvenient? I feel very strongly that we should be speaking out on those issues and don’t just go along to get along.

ANN: Some have said your message at the prayer breakfast was overly political in a setting that was supposed to focus on God. How do you respond?

Carson: I think a prayer breakfast is an excellent place to talk about the spiritual state of the nation, which unfortunately is critical at this state because people are afraid to talk about what they believe. One of the founding tenants of our nation was freedom of speech. So if you’re not going to be able to talk about that at a prayer breakfast, it’s pretty ironic that we can’t have freedom of speech at a prayer breakfast. And then some people have been critical of the fact that I brought up tithing, the Bible, God – it’s a prayer breakfast. Give me a break.

ANN: With the increased media attention, do you keep Sabbath any differently than you did before?

Carson: Not really. Sabbath is still a precious day for us. We go to church as often as we can. Even if we’re on the road we treat it as a different day than all the others.

ANN: How would you want to change the world?

Carson: Well, there are a number of things. First of all, particularly focusing on our nation, I want us to remember that we are one nation under God. And I want everyone to be able to say it and to say it with pride, not to say it shamefully. I also would like to bring back a real definition of fairness. Fairness means treating everybody the same, not just your special group or those special interest groups who contribute to your well-being.

ANN: Are there any biblical characters that offer you an example or encouragement?

Carson: Joseph, because he had a pretty difficult life. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers, decided to make the best of it and became the head of Potiphar’s household. And then living up to high moral standards caused him to be thrown in jail. He wasn’t resentful about that. He became a model prisoner. He gained position of authority there and started interpreting dreams and became governor of the most powerful nation in the world. That said a lot to me about not griping and complaining about where you are, but using the situation, trusting in God and making the best of it.

ANN: What does retirement look like for you in June?

Carson: It looks very busy. I may have to come back to work to get a break. I’ve got 10 international trips scheduled already and multiple engagements around the country – too numerous to count. Our scholarship fund is in all 50 states and we’re penetrating different counties. We’re putting in our reading rooms all over the country to try to increase the interest in reading, particularly in Title I school districts because the people who founded this nation said it is dependent on a well-educated and informed populace, and without that it cannot survive.

ANN: Anything else as we end?

Carson: We always have to remember that no matter what’s going on, no matter how much of a spotlight we have, that all of that comes from God and everything we do should reflect glory on his name.




Source: Church Chat: Carson handles spotlight ‘prayerfully, humbly’ANN • Adventist News Network



10 comments:

  1. Cool, so he regrets getting his degree in neurosurgery instead of just reading the bible?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I suppose he can accept science, the "invention of man," until it starts to encroach on territory the Bible covers, then he automatically defaults to the Bible. That's not right. I want a president who thinks critically about ALL of his decisions. Science has solidly proven the impossibility of a young earth, and creationist pseudoscience can do nothing to change that fact. It was easy for me to find this out; I just did the research. It has grown more and more obvious to me that the only way to be a creationist is to cherry-pick your logic and never research the arguments that oppose you in depth.

      Delete
  2. Perhaps the doctor can answer why god never heals amputees?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ben Carson, M.D., as a former U.S. presidential candidate for the 2017 presidential election, is behaving as a rather hypocritical "Christian" if he can stand there now & back the likes of Donald Trump (especially with his chosen lifestyle, behaviors, political stance, demonic rhetoric, etc.) for a potential presidential candidate of the U.S. of America. Backing this politics, open criticism of others & rhetoric is actually quite disgusting in the wake of whom he (Carson) has now chosen himself to truly be aligned with, politically. As (what is supposed to be) a reflected/reflective follower of Christ & choosing to run as a leader baring His Name &/or Banner for Christ's Life's Cause & Mission, Ben Carson has fallen woefully short either way. He has been given much & at this juncture, has chosen to throw a great deal away not only along his own campaign, but in the end to altogether put his presidential candidacy endorsements behind a mostly boastful, jeeringly selfish, ruthless, evil-hearted, self-imposing, narcissistic, sociopathic... & demonic individual & alt. presidential candidate like Donald Trump must be heartbreaking to the Lord as well. Yes, we are to love & pray for the man (Trump)...for God to change his heart & ways...(& also many of our own hearts towards him in the process), but for Ben Carson to publicly glad-hand & endorse him to be the leader of the nation really takes the cake & is stomach-turning, coming from Ben Carson...or anyone in their "right mind", which is truly led by Christ, to say it correctly. Also, abortion is wrong, & to say that '...the Sabbath is still a special day aside from others...'...NO, 'it is the 7th Day...the Sabbath Day of The Lord Thy God...HIS Day & it is to be kept Holy by His Children'...& remembering God's children before, Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego - who were thrown into the fiery furnace before the king, Daniel - thrown into the lion's den, David who slew Goliath & later became King of his people...they stood up for GOD..., etc., who all held onto the principles He instilled in them & His promises, & the promises through principles of character through faith they held for & in Him, no matter the consequences. These are the types of leaders that should be seeking to lead nations, especially now...before Christ's 2nd Coming. However, this is another stark reality of the manifestation of sin in the frailty of human beings that are not fully surrendered to God or His Perfect Will for mankind & is an ever-jolting reminder to keep our eyes focused on God. With so many "leaders" 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 or 1/16-stepping in their leadership (or what they profess to be their "god-ordained" leadership), we are truly reminded that 'we are to search The Holy Scriptures for ourselves to know what is true lest we be led completely astray from the will & purpose of God'. As ALL have sinned & come short of the Glory Of God, I too will continue to pray for Ben Carson, the fall he is taking & making to Satan's amusement right now, as well as the other presidential candidates, in addition to myself. God help us all... So close & yet so far...

    ReplyDelete
  4. MY TESTIMONY!!!
    Hello read my testimony, I am Becker Harold, I’m the most happiest person on the face of the earth, after 6 months of sadness and sorrow without being with the one i love, i tried all my possible best to make sure i make my lover happy but it never seems to work out well it was like am doing everything in vain but all thanks goes to Dr Ahmed for coming to change all my worries and sadness to Joy. i knew the great man when i read some wonderful testimony about Dr Ahmed how he has helped lots of people on their relationship problems i was reading a magazine when i saw great testimonies, as well my predicament then i decided not to waste time because i have missed my lover so much i decided to contact him and share all my problem with him which he told me not to worry that he is assuring me that within 48 hours everything would be sorted out i believed Dr Ahmed so much because of how he has been helping many people, my Husband who left me for good suddenly replied my text and returned my calls and asked me to please forgive him i was so happy am so grateful to Dr Ahmed for what he has done for me and I promise to testify his goodness all through my life. If you are there passing the same problem or any kinds of problem contact AHMED UTIMATE on his Email address: Ahmedutimate@gmail.com
    Whatsapp and call him with this phone number +2348160153829
    SAVE YOUR CRUMBLING RELATIONSHIP

    ReplyDelete
  5. Kim Madar
    This is a Wonderful testimony on a Spell caster called DR OWOLABI that Just helped me and Brought My Ex Husband
    back within 2Days with his Love spell. I am Kim Madar from United States, Life has being very Difficult for me
    Since my Husband Left me and my Two Kids. My Kids and I and had being Missing My Husband and I cried almost
    Everyday because of him, One Faithful Day, Someone Directed me to This man DR OWOLABI and I Contacted him VIA Email
    and He Casted a Love spell for me and Told me that i will see the Results within 2DAYS, My Husband That Left me
    For about 3years, Called me And Started opposing and he even sent me an apologizing Text. From that Moment,
    I and My Family had being Living happily. Readers Out There, Who are in Pains and have Great Pleasure in Contacting
    this Man should do that On this Email: DROWOLABISOLUTIONHOME@GMAIL.COM
    You Can also Reach Him or Contact him On His NUMBER +16828086703or+2348124209863...

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am very happy today because i never thought i would be able to leave up till this day.i am Benson Tanaka from Zimbabwe i was infected with h i v by my wife who later died of it and this disease has been with me for the past 6 years now i have gone to several hospitals to seek for cures but all they give to me are some drugs which has taking almost all my savings i had,i was on Facebook on Saturday morning then there was an health group which i was asked to join by a friend immediately after i joined it i saw some post of people giving tanks to this doctor that he has cured them of their hiv disease i was so surprised about this i collected the doctors contact and i thought of it for about 5 good days then i concluded in giving him a try because there was no harm in trying.when i contacted doctor prince he tolled me he was going to prepare an herbal medicine for me which i was going to take for 2 weeks and after that i should go for a test at any of the hospital,after i did every thing which he asked me to do i received the medicine the next two days from a courier company which i started taking immediately after about a week plus i felt some strange moves in me,i felt like i was getting better when i completed the medicine i went for a test at the Bulawayo Central Hospital were i was tested (-)negative i thought i was dreaming i went for another test at the St anne's hospital it was still the same then i believed i was really free from this disease today i have got-in a new job and i am also married to a beautiful wife all tanks to doctor prince here is his contact details for any one who is passing true any kind of sickness or disease he will be willing to help you too.dr.princearataabraham@gmail.com you can also call or whatsapp him on +2348163241499

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi everyone!!!

    I'm so excited share this testimony here about how i got my ex husband back after a break up. I'm Clara 28 yr old from USA, Am a woman who love and cherish my husband more than any other thing you can imagine on earth continent. My husband was so lovely and caring after 3 years of marriage he was seriously ill and the doctor confirm and said he has a kidney infection that he needed a kidney donor, that was how I start searching for who can help, doctor has given me a periodic hour that he will live just 24 hours left, that was how I ask the doctor if I can be of help to my husband that was how he carried out the text, the confirming was successful, I was now having this taught that since 3 years now we got married I have not be able to get pregnant can I be able to get bring again? That was the question I ask the doctor, he never answer his response was did you want to lost your husband? I immediately reply no I can't afford to lose him. After the operation my husband came back to live and was healthy I was also OK with the instruction given to me by the doctor, after 3 months my husband came home with another lady telling me, that is our new wife that will give us kids and take care of us, that was how I was confused and started crying all day, that was how my husband ran away with his new wife cleanable. Since then I was confuse don't know what to do that was how I went back to the doctor and tell him everything, he told me that, this is not just an ordinary it must be a spiritual problem that was how he gave me this Email: Ahmedutimate@gmail.com that I should tell he all my problem that he can help that was how i contacted he and I do as instructed. After 28 hours and I have done what he ask me to do, my husband start searching for me and went back to the doctor, that was how we well settle he also told me not to worry that I will get pregnant, this month making it the fifth Month I contacted he am now 3 months pregnant. These great spell cater is a great man,
    if you have any kind of problem you can contact him here on his
    Email: Ahmedutimate@gmail.com or call whatsapp +2348160153829
    Save Your Crumbling Relationship
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/725/523/869/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hello my good people all over the world we are here again to bring you the good news all over the world we Illuminati !!!WELCOME TO ILLUMINATI!!! The Club of the Riches Power and Famous, is the world oldest and largest fraternity made up of Millions of Members. We are one Family under one father who is the Super master of powers LORD LUCIFER. In Illuminati we believe that we were born in paradise and no member should struggle in this world. Hence, all our new members are given Money for Rewards [10 million us] dollars and many other benefit as follows once they join us in order to upgrade their lifestyle. Interested viewers should contact us on. (illuminatiwealth6666@gmail.com] Are you frustrated in life. What type of wealth do you want, Are you a business man/woman or an ARTISTS,POLITICIANS, PASTOR,ENGINEER,DOCTOR, STUDENTS,GRADUATED Today is your luckiest day,Join Illuminati and become a multimillionaire,we have be given an order to recruit new members into the organization kingdom. Are you tired of poverty and now you want fame,power and riches .Our magical powers are beyond your imagination. we could do magic on your behalf regarding , your financial situation, future events,or whatever is important to you. we have the power and we use the power. we are Illuminati, and we could change the course of destiny. Get to us and we shall help you. Tell us what it is you want and we shall go about our work. Is it someone or something you desire to have? Do you want wealth(Want to grow your bank account?, Need funds to enjoy the good life or you want power to over comes anything ? Tired of working hard and getting nowhere?) or happiness? join the most powerful society welcomes you to Illuminati.. contact Illuminati initiation home Send us your most important desire and we shall work our powers in your favor. Be sure to tell Illuminati us what you want. If you are interested call the agent now [+2348115151940] or send your e-mail to {illuminatiwealth6666@gmail.com} for immediately initiation.New members registration is now open online or call them on this number {+2349030803982]whats-app via for immediately initiation.Our source of wealth and power is only reveal to registered members only.... WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR DESTINY IS IN YOUR HANDS

    ReplyDelete
  9. Good news..Am glad today because am now a successful member of Illuminati,i have taught of been one of the Illuminati member so that i will be wealthy,popular, and famous in life and my family will be forever rich. I get a linked up by my friend who is well known. He introduce me to a man who have a successful influence with this occult Illuminati. He really did all for me, and now am so glad of becoming a Illuminati member, I am now rich and wealthy. Illuminati is a great and powerful means to get popular in life. So if you really want to be like me today Contact: illuminatiworldofpawer@gmail.com you must have a strong belief that money is power,and you make your own diction Illuminati is not for the poor its for the brave and Hard working people.contact us want to join on whatsApp number:+2349031111198or illuminatiworldofpawer@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete