On the steps of the Idaho Statehouse in the midst of his 50-state Decision America Tour, Rev. Franklin Graham acknowledged that a significant number of Republicans and conservatives are not excited about voting for either major candidate for president, but he had strong words for anyone who would use that discontentment as an excuse to stay home on election day.
"When you look at the candidates today, who's running for the Democratic candidate and the one running for Republican, you may say, 'Well, I don't like either one of them,'" Franklin said to the large crowd gathered in downtown Boise. "But you don't have another choice. Basically it's those two."
He gave advice, though, on how to make the decision easier, saying, "But you have to look at which candidate that at least Christians may have a voice with. Which candidate will appoint judges that will support the Christian belief and the Christian faith? You are looking at two imperfect people. These are not perfect people. You have to decided. I'm not going to tell you who to vote for. God will do that. But consider who you're voting for."
He added more aspects to look for in the candidate: "But even though they may not be perfect people, at least who are the people that they will appoint to office? Who are the people they'll pull around them? Are they people who will help America, and help the church, help Christians, or would it hurt? You have to decide."
Franklin acknowledged the distaste a number of conservative Christians have had of Donald Trump.
"You say, 'Well, Franklin, we may have to the poll and hold our nose.' Well, you may have to do that, but you do it! You vote!"
And he had strong words for voters wanting to sit this election out.
"I've had some people say, 'Well, I don't like either one of them, so therefore I'm just going to stay home.' Don't you dare do that! Don't you stay home. You go out and vote and you take your family, and if your family members aren't registered, you go out and get them registered — if they're of age. Now don't go to the graveyard and start digging up names like some folks do. Don't go get your ancestors and get them registered. But we've got to vote!"
"If we don't," Franklin concluded, "we're going to lose this country."
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