The battle over America’s soul

“Fidel Castro has died at age 90. Loved by few, hated by millions, his communist revolution deposed a dictator, but ushered in a socialist police state that drove the entire Cuban nation into complete poverty and oppression. And to think that Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Keith Ellison and others wanted socialism as a model for our country today! And why didn’t they win? God—that’s why. The church prayed and came out by the millions and voted. Praise God! And may we all as free Americans give Him glory, great things He has done! This is why it is so important to vote. There’s another election in just two years—Christians need to stay involved and run for office at every level. The socialists are regrouping in great number right now, and they will come back strong, organized, and more determined than ever. This battle isn’t over.”Franklin Graham Facebook post 11-26-16

In 1971 as a ten-year old my family and I attended a gathering at the Charlotte Coliseum to honor the Rev. Billy Graham. The keynote speaker was none other than the President of the United States, Richard Nixon. I don’t remember much about the day or the speeches other than my parents thought this was an important enough event to get their kids out of school early.

Billy Graham was the nation’s preacher and in Charlotte, NC considered royalty. In era of Televangelist such as Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, Ernest Angley, Jim and Tammy Faye Baker and Pat Robertson the Rev. Graham was the squeaky clean spokesman for the Man upstairs. His message was gentle, reassuring and comforting and mellowed with age. He didn’t try to pound the holy spirit into you, he didn’t slight the competition, he wasn’t mean-spirited or ugly to those who may have been on the other side of his ideologies. His message, his beliefs, were clean, crisp and for some very inspiring.

Though I may not have agreed with everything Billy Graham said, thought or taught I have always admired his delivery and the compassion and respect he brought with his message of hope, grace and salvation. So I wonder, what the heck happened to his son Franklin? Which part of the bible, I am assuming the same rendition of the bible his father used, made him swing so far to the right? Why does he come off as a pious, piety, mean little man with a right-wing agenda that doesn’t include grace or compassion for everyone, including the liberal left? In a phrase, he walks around with his biblical ass on his shoulders and he likes the way it smells and expects you and I should as well.

The Right Reverend Franklin Graham never, at least as far as I can tell, endorsed Donald Trump though he certainly made it perfectly clear that the Democrats would rape and pillage the big four if given the opportunity, The Supreme Court, Religious Liberty, Abortion, and National Security. He certainly seems to be aboard now if not in action at least in sentiment.

“And why didn’t they win? God—that’s why.” So according to Franklin Graham the Russians didn’t hijack the Presidential election, God did. I wish Franklin’s God would commandeer hate, racism, and intolerance next. I think his dad would agree with this course of action, humanity over politics, humanity over agenda’s. The benefits would last much longer than a four-year term.

 

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10 Responses to The battle over America’s soul

  1. Suze says:

    Billy the elder is probably horrified by what his son has turned his church into..he is nothing more than a christian-based jihadist.

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  2. Franklin is a complete embarrassment to his father’s legacy. To compare Bernie, Hillary, etc. to CASTRO is beyond ridiculous. And ANYONE who regards Trump’s election as a holy victory knows nothing of Trump, or of God.

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  3. Yeah, there’s a rat somewhere in this pack….Michelle Bachman, former Minnesota congresswoman stated during the election that God himself (herself…sorry ladies) had ordained Trump to be anus-in-chief. Go figure.

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  4. William Tell says:

    There’s enough in this post that I disagree with, to not Like it. However, you confirm wonderings I have had myself for some time about the differences between father and son. Franklin Graham is definitely not my favorite person. (Pause. Hmm.) If his father had talked the same way he does, I probably never would have bought into evangelicalism to start with.

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    • I was brought up in the era of Televangelism. Ernest Angley held weekly televised revivals at the Charlotte Coliseum, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL was headquartered in Charlotte. I know more about evangelicalism just through osmosis because I lived with it daily.Why Franklin has headed so far right is anyone’s guess. Here is the thing, the truths that you think you believe are at best just guesses. You and I will know if we got it right only when we die. People can yell and scream at the top of their lungs to prove that they are on the only right path. But the proof will come in the end and not until then. Maybe as a Universalist I am hedging my bet but what I am really counting on is a merciful creator with a sense of humor, otherwise I think we all got it wrong.

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