But I did it anyway sooo…
I posted a link to this article today on Facebook: Franklin Graham on impeachment: ‘Our country could begin to unravel’
I also included a couple of quotes from Franklin’s father on the matter of politics and evangelists-
“Evangelists can’t be closely identified with any particular party or person. We have to stand in the middle to preach to all people, right and left. I haven’t been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will be in the future.”
“The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”
– Billy Graham
I really debate heavily whether I should post political oriented stuff on social media, because, you know, people. Plus, I am a business owner, so the potential to lose work over this is very real.
So, of course, I added more in the comments in response to some comments from friends.
Both of the Billy Graham quotes are from a 1981 Parade magazine profile of Graham and then moral majority leader Jerry Falwell. This was around 7 years after Nixon had resigned. In his later years, Graham expressed regret at his relationship to Nixon and the partisan nature of many of his comments at that time.
Throughout the article, Graham seemed to distance himself from Falwell and did not wish to be associated with the Moral Majority.
In the article, he spoke of a desire to speak out on social issues, warned of future racial strife and a need to bridge the gap between Muslims and Christians.
The thing that is troubling to me today is the complete embrace of a political party and it’s leader who, as a majority, show only the lightest lip service to God. Again and again, they deny him with their actions and pass legislation that harms those in our society that are the most vulnerable while making life for the rich easy as possible.
This is in direct contradiction to the gospel.
The implication here isn’t to not have an opinion on issues, but to not be so married to one political party that we are unable to see the problems and overlook the places where they, ah, fall short of the glory of God.
King David sent Uriah to the front lines to be killed so he could take his wife and cover his sin. Nathan the prophet confronted him about his sin and he repented. This should be one of the roles of christian leaders, not making excuses, glossing over wrongs, or threatening that the country will be split apart if we take the legal steps our constitution has provided for us to remove a President who is openly disregarding the law while denying any wrong.