It's one thing when you have good pitted against evil, a clear differentiation of things. But when evil tries to masquerade as good? That's when Franklin Graham has a serious problem.
The bold faith leader spoke out against 2020 Democratic hopeful, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and in defense of Vice President Mike Pence on Facebook.
Pence, who has been targeted numerous times for his public religious stances on abortion and homosexuality, is yet again the target of a liberal trying to gain favor with fellow liberals.
The Indiana mayor, from where Pence hailed, took a cheap shot at the Vice President in a clip recently aired. Buttigieg claimed that his same-sex marriage has drawn him "closer to God," also inferring that God created him to be gay.
"If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade," Buttigieg said. "And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me -- your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."
Graham would have none of it, writing a powerful Facebook post undercutting Buttigieg's misguided theology: "South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is also throwing his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate for president in 2020, is attacking Vice President Mike Pence for his stand with the Word of God. I have such a great respect for the Vice President, for his leadership in our nation, for his personal integrity, and for his Christian faith. Mayor Buttigieg said that his same-sex marriage had made him a better man. He said, 'That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand…if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me--your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.'"
"To set the record straight, Mr. Mayor, the issue isn’t whether somebody has a problem with who you are—the issue is that we all have a problem with God because of our sin," explained Graham. "And it applies to every single human being. God loves us, and the Bible says we are all sinners who need God’s forgiveness, which He offers if we repent and turn from our sin and put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We don’t define sin, God does in His Word, the Bible. Using new terms like 'Progressive Christianity' and the 'Christian Left' may sound appealing to some, but God’s laws and standards do not change. He says, 'For I am the Lord, I change not.' I believe what the Bible says is truth," ended Graham's powerful post.
Pence shared his disappointment in Buttigieg's cutting comments, saying: "He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me," Pence told CNBC's Joe Kernen. "But I get it. You know, it's look, again, 19 people running for president on that side in a party that's sliding off to the left. And they're all competing with one another for how much more liberal they can be," Pence added.
Even Karen Pence acknowledged the true motives for Buttigieg's comments: "They've always had a great relationship," Karen Pence said on Fox News host Brian Kilmeade's radio show. "It's funny, because I don't think the vice president does have a problem with him, but I think it's helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the vice president."
What do you think of Buttigieg's cutting remarks towards the "Pences of the world"? Do you consider yourself one of them? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!