Franklin Graham usually writes more in his Facebook posts, but in this case, his purposeful succinctness has power. The unyielding faith of Trump nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget incited a volatile response from Bernie Sanders at a hearing on Wednesday.
Russell Vought, a Wheaton College graduate, had written a defense for their theology a few years ago, stating that those who believe in Islam cannot truly get to God because they are not putting their faith in Jesus.
“Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology,” Vought wrote on a conservative blog, shared the Huffington Post. “They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
This had Sanders so angry. He ended up yelling at Vought in front of the whole hearing, saying Vought's belief is “indefensible, it is hateful and Islamophobic, and an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world.”
Asking Vought if he believed his comments were Islamaphobic, Vought replied, “Absolutely not. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith. That post … was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation.”
Sanders grew more and more upset, asking if Jews similarly stood condemned and ultimately gathering up his papers and vowing to vote "no" on Vought's nomination.
Here, Franklin Graham very succinctly says that Sanders is flat out wrong and gives the powerful words from Jesus as to why.
What do you think of the lock-down exchange between Sanders and Vought over the Christian faith that there is only one way to God? Share your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!