Franklin Graham, son of the famous and beloved evangelist Billy Graham, is saying what many other pubic figures are afraid to--and he is resonating deeply with countless Americans.
Actually, you can count them: by the Likes, Comments, and Shares on his very strong Facebook posts. Here are some of his statements in the last couple of weeks and how people are responding:
1) On President Obama's celebration of same-sex marriage:
"A lot has changed in three short years! Just three years ago, the President was on record as holding to the biblical definition of marriage. Now he can't say enough about his support for the LGBT agenda—and right after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors to celebrate. This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House." - Franklin Graham
72K Likes; 14K Shares; and 11K Comments.
Less judging and more compassion please. Seriously. Posts like these lack sophistication and assume you know who and where God will pour his wrath. - Deborah
Jesus commands us 'to love'! Why do you disagree? - Ron
We Christians beware. We are like the frog in the pot slowly boiling - Becky
2) On Oregon's decision to let minors have state-paid sex-change operations without parental consent:
“In Oregon 15-year-olds are NOT legally allowed to do a lot of things: drive, smoke, get a tattoo, go to a tanning bed, or even donate blood. But unbelievably, now they ARE allowed to get a sex-change operation—and (get this) without parental notification. You’ve got to be kidding me! As a parent and grandparent I’m outraged, and I don’t even live in Oregon! And to top it off, the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program. What kind of ludicrousness is this? It’s wrong from every angle. The state should not be superseding God-given parental authority. This is another example of why Christians should get involved in politics and policy at all levels to bring about change for the better in our society.” - Franklin Graham
70K Likes; 48K Shares; 18K Comments.
Aren't teenagers grappling with enough confusing issues without having to decide which gender they want to be? Someone has to have some sense out there! - Margaret
This is totally unimaginable - Carol
In ten years they'll be wondering if that was a good choice or not - Don
3) On the ESPY's choice to honor Kaitlyn Jenner for courage:
“Caitlyn Jenner is being honored with the ESPN ESPY Award for courage? I find this hard to swallow after spending time with wounded military veterans and their spouses with Operation Heal Our Patriots—they are true heroes and their lives define courage. Some have had 30 or 40 surgeries, not to change their gender, but to try to put their bodies back together after defending our country. And to recognize the very confused Caitlyn Jenner as a hero before the entire world? Give me a break. If you want an example of real courage, it’s when Jesus Christ willingly allowed Himself to become your sin and died in your place on the cross—the Righteous One for the unrighteous.” - Franklin Graham
394K Likes; 132K Shares; 49K Comments.
We need to be more tolerant. None of us know the hell Caitlyn has been through. What about love thy neighbor. All the hatred and mean words toward her doesn't appear to me to be what my God wants to hear. And Mr. Graham, I think she is not confused for the first time in her life. You need to preach love and acceptance and not trying to get people all up in arms. - Diane
This country that I love is falling apart piece by piece. We need to pray EVERYDAY for America! Thank you Franklin for your love for our savior and for having the courage to speak the truth! - Monica
There is no glory to be had in shaming and criticizing another human being whose struggles we know nothing about. What a sad, sad time for Christianity. If Jesus could see the things that are being said and done in His name, he would never stop vomiting. - Clyde
What do you think? Do you think Franklin Graham is being too "judgmental" or do you think he is saying what America needs to hear and what many are afraid to say? We would love to hear your thoughts!