Donald Trump has been a bone of contention amongst Christians. Whereas most Republican candidates in the past have been the undisputed choice for the evangelical vote, Trump was a source of major division in the months leading up to the election.
"What about his past infidelities?" many asked. "What about the conversation caught on camera?" While Trump promised to vote way more conservatively than Clinton, still some Christians preferred her.
Franklin Graham stood firmly in Trump's camp, urging Christians to vote for the person that would elect conservative justices to the Supreme Court. Graham pointed out repeatedly that the justices would have power for far longer than the president and would handle matters that would powerfully affect our children and grandchildren. Abortion? Religious freedoms? Marriage? These issues are decided by SCOTUS.
But Graham has taken a lot of criticism for his support of Trump. Daily, one can find in the comments of his bold Facebook posts criticisms of "selling out" and not being unpartisan like his father, the late Billy Graham. Undoubtedly it is hurtful and hard to bear; yet Graham continues to stand by his decision to support Trump.
In a to-be-released interview with "Axios on HBO", Graham answers his critics: "Now people say 'Well Frank but how can you defend him, when he's lived such a sordid life?' I never said he was the best example of the Christian faith. He defends the faith. And I appreciate that very much."
Graham acknowledges that Trump has made mistakes and that he has to deal with the consequences. "Trump has admitted his faults and has apologized to his wife and his daughter for things he has done and said. And he has to stand before God for those things," said Graham.
Graham answered one of the major criticisms he often gets from those who say he has sold out to the Republican Party. "Well first of all, I'm going to support politicians that are going to support the Christian faith whether they're Democrats, Republicans, Independents," said Graham boldly.
"Politicians that are going to guarantee my freedom of worship," Graham continued. "And I appreciate the president has appointed now two conservative judges that are going to defend religious freedom, so amen to that."
We can't wait to hear the full, released interview. What do you think of what Graham had to say about supporting President Trump?
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