Billy Graham, who passed away on February 21st, preached the gospel to millions of people throughout the world. He was beloved in the United States and throughout the world. As a result, thousands of people have signed a petition requesting that a national holiday be created in his honor.
Christian Headlines correctly points out that Graham was one of the most influential people of the twentieth century. As a result, Graham was placed in the US Capital after his death, meaning that many government officials — including President Trump and other top lawmakers — went to visit him.
Over 2,000 people came to attend Graham's private funeral on Friday, March 2nd.
Graham supporters are trying to take things another step further by creating a national holiday in the evangelists' honor. Christian Headlines reports that on Change.org, a petition addressed to President Trump has been requested.
"Lets [sic] get a National Holiday for Billy Graham!! Mr. Graham preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history… Mr. Graham’s counsel was sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Help us with our cause of setting a national holiday to remember this great man,” reads the petition.
Over 100,000 people have signed the petition as of Monday afternoon. The ultimate goal is to hit 150,000 signatures.
Despite gaining a notable amount of traction, however, World Religion News writes that no major politician has stepped forward to champion the cause.
Congress has been responsible for creating a total of 11 national holidays, out of which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr day is the last one, created in 1983. The creation of Dr. Martin Luther King Day took 15 years of debates before it became official.
Underneath a white tent, evoking his "first cathedral" revival more than 70 years ago, Billy Graham was remembered during his funeral. As people attended the funeral of America's pastor, they were reminded of Graham's incredible life — particularly his crusades, which brought many Americans to Christ.
CNN has called Billy Graham's funeral his "final crusade" because it was Graham's last time being covered live by national television. Millions of people followed the death of this incredible evangelist, re-watched his sermons, and remembered the inspiring memories of attending his "crusades."
The Huffington Post writes that during the height of his popularity, he was considered among the ranks of Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II as one of the most creatively influential Christians of the twentieth century.
Christians from all denominations and all walks of life, both Protestant and Catholic, have been paying tribute to Graham since his death.
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