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Billy Graham Remembered by Close Family: 7 Reactions Reveal Surprises, Passion, Question for World

Billy Graham Remembered by Close Family: 7 Reactions Reveal Surprises, Passion, Question for World

3. Boz Tchividjian

Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, known by the acronym of GRACE, and grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham. | (Photo: Courtesy of H. Tchividjian)

Boz Tchividjian, one of Graham's grandsons, said that the world-famous evangelist was his hero.

"I am forever humbled to have known and loved a man who was the real deal — who was the same person whether he was in front of thousands or whether we were walking alone through the woods," he wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

The law professor at Liberty University, who has been working to expose sexual abuse in Protestant churches, added:

"In an era when many evangelical leaders were exposed for deep moral and financial failings, I am grateful that my experience was much different. I could have easily grown to become cynical about Jesus and those who claim to follow him, but I knew and loved a man who made Jesus that much more beautiful to me."

Boz Tchividjian further explained that Billy Graham didn't allow differences to get in the way of "his love for people."

"He understood that regardless of position, wealth, political affiliation, race, gender or any other defining characteristic, all are made in the image of God and are in need of His love," he wrote.

"Though some Christians criticized Daddy Bill for being too ecumenical or compromising, I witnessed his love for people open doors for him to be the hands and feet of Jesus to many who had been ignored, marginalized or simply written off by the ones doing the criticizing."

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