Evangelist Billy Graham, who turned 94 the day after the Nov. 6 presidential elections, has written a response to the re-election of President Barack Obama while sharing his plans for the future, which include a new evangelism campaign.
"Now with the votes counted, it is important to remember that whether we are personally pleased with the outcome or not, God wants us to pray for those chosen to be our leaders – at the national, state, and local levels. The Bible urges us to do so with both respect and thanksgiving (see 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:1–3)" the evangelist says.
Graham faced some criticism after he appeared to put his support behind GOP candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon who some evangelical leaders said should not be supported by mainstream Christians. Graham met Romney last month at his home in North Carolina and praised him for his strong personal values, which he said were aligned with biblical positions – such as Romney's support for traditional marriage and his pro-life views. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, has stated that he believes that America is on a "path of destruction" due to yesterday's election results.
In an interview with CNN last night, Graham explained that the path he was referring to involved, among other things, the legalization of same-sex marriage.
"If we are allowed to go down this road in the path that this president wants us to go down, I think it will be to our peril and to the destruction of this nation," Graham said. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham, noted evangelist and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has officially endorsed the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the soon-to-be 95-year-old Graham mentioned his connections to the state and his hopes for how they vote next Tuesday.
"For more than 50 years, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was based in Minneapolis and we were blessed by the support of thousands of Minnesotans who helped us spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world," said Graham. more >>
I was in Europe when I first heard of Billy Graham's "endorsement" of Mitt Romney. I was skeptical of this report because I knew that Graham was not in the habit of endorsing a particular candidate for any political office. When I saw a copy of Billy Graham's statement, it made a lot more sense. This is what he said:
On November 6, the day before my 94th birthday, our nation will hold one of the most critical elections in my lifetime. We are at a crossroads and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts back toward God.
Some have decried Graham's turning "political" in an election year. Others have claimed that the great evangelist in his senescence is a mere puppet of his son Franklin – a baseless claim that smacks of brazen ageism. That Graham met with Romney is no more surprising than the fact that he met with President Obama in 2010, another election year. Billy Graham is a national treasure and has met with every president since Harry Truman. Although he is a lifelong Democrat, Graham's relationships have always transcended politics. He preached the funeral of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and he led President George W. Bush to personal faith in Jesus Christ. more >>
The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has sent an open letter to Reverend Franklin Graham over his views on President Barack Obama.
The letter can be found on the NAACP of North Carolina's website and was signed by several black clergy, including the state chapter's president, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.
Barber and the others expressed concern over the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association purchasing ads across North Carolina that insinuated that Republican challenger Mitt Romney was more Christian than President Obama. more >>
Journalist Roland Martin criticized in a recent op-ed the Rev. Billy Graham's new "vote biblical values" campaign, suggesting that Graham should address other issues in addition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Graham's new campaign also has critics questioning the reason for the evangelist's recent interest in politics, as in the past the evangelical leader has maintained a fairly impartial attitude toward the political process.
Martin, who is the host of TV One cable news network's "Washington Watch with Roland Martin" and author of The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House, begins his opinion piece by pointing to the full-page advertisements which Graham has run in national newspapers, including The Washington Post and USA Today.
The full-page advertisements are part of Graham's "vote biblical values" campaign, which suggests support for certain biblical values instead of one certain politician. more >>