The day many Americans have been waiting for is finally here: the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. It will be the first full solar eclipse seen from within the U.S. since 1257. Millions have bought special eclipse glasses, and thousands have traveled to states in which the eclipse can be best seen (from Oregon to South Carolina).
Many safety advisories have been issued concerning the eclipse (warnings about poor driving conditions and about the dangers of looking straight into the sun without special glasses). But there have also been spiritual advisories from leading theologians and pastors, warning Americans to regard this rare celestial event as a sign from God.
Franklin Graham isn't sure if this eclipse is indeed a warning from God to America, but he is not ruling out the chance. In a Facebook post on the day of the eclipse, Graham advises Americans to take this opportunity to repent, both personally and for our troubled nation.
"Throughout history some have associated a solar eclipse with a warning of God’s pending judgment," posted Graham. "Today, a #SolarEclipse will cross the United States from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast. I don’t know if this is a sign of His judgment, but as the moon’s shadow crosses our nation, may it be a reminder to all of us to pray—to confess our sins, to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness, and to pray that God will heal our broken land."
Graham's sister, Anne Graham Lotz, isn't quite so undecided about the meaning of the eclipse. She wrote a very strong blog post warning Americans about disregarding God's communication through this eclipse. Her blog post has been shared many times over, as it is very convincing.
You can find out when to wear your glasses and how to view the eclipse safely here. What do you think of Graham's statement about the eclipse, advising Americans to take the opportunity to repent and seek God for our nation? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments! Thank you!