Franklin Graham was in full-force yesterday on his 50-state Decision America Tour 2016, delivering a hard-hitting rally cry to an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 4,000 people congregated around the steps of the Idaho Capitol.
He made a number of statements that we hadn't heard from him before, and the crowd loved them, but the biggest point that came across to us from Faith Family America was this: Don't give up on America. God hasn't given up on us. But we must have a spiritual revival.
While we've noticed a tendency by some in the Christian community to believe that God has already turned his back on America and our country is doomed, Graham's message was one of hope, prayer, and putting in the enormous effort needed to turn our country around. And it goes far beyond who we elect.
"I have no hope in the Democratic party," Franklin said to a round of cheers from the audience.
Then he added, "But before you Republicans get too excited, I have no hope in the Republican party. The only hope for this country is Almighty God."
Then he recited Nehemiah 1, sharing the account of a prophet and his people in captivity during one of the darkest periods of Israel's history. But this prophet, a slave to the Persian Empire, rose to power and, with the king's blessing, rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah confessed the sins of his nation, and God restored Israel, just as God can give America favor once again. Israel had been consumed with wickedness, just as America is becoming consumed with wickedness, but it was not beyond redemption.
Along with prayer, what else can Christians do to save America?
Franklin said people have asked him how his father Billy would handle our current crisis.
"Here’s what he said in 1952," Franklin recalled. "He said 'I think it's the duty of every individual Christian at election time to study the issues and candidates and then go to the polls and vote.' He said, 'If I were a pastor of a church, I believe I would explain to my people where each candidate stood morally, spiritually and in relationship to the church.' He said, 'I feel that we're going to have to meet our political obligation as Christians and make our voice known if America is to be preserved with the type of Christian heritage which has given us the liberties that we now enjoy."
But Franklin said something even bigger has to happen, too.
Quoting his father Billy, he said, "For unless America turns back to God, repents of its sin, and experiences a spiritual revival, we will fail as a nation."
What do you think of this?