2016 Election Christianity

Reverend Franklin Graham Tussles with Liberal on CNN, Says the “Only Hope for this Nation is God”

Franklin Graham
Written by Onan Coca

 

The Reverend Franklin Graham is far more outspoken on political and cultural issues than his father, the famed Reverend Billy Graham, ever was. However, as the younger Graham is quick to point out, we live in a nation today that is far different than the one his father was raised in. This past week, Reverend Franklin Graham was a guest on CNN’s New Day where he engaged in a spirited discussion with anchor (and liberal) Chris Cuomo about having hope for our nation and the strength of the Constitution.

Cuomo’s liberal bias was quickly displayed as he showed little deference to the respected Christian leader, and on several occasions badgered him with ignorant liberal talking points about what the Constitution is and isn’t. Graham remains gracious throughout and delivers a perfect summation of the only hope our nation has…

You can push me all you want, Chris, but I’m not going to answer that question. There are some good guys out there that have some great ideas for this country to move this country forward, but those good ideas aren’t going to go anywhere without the hand of Almighty God. And yes, I do believe in the divine hand. I believe that God has blessed this nation, that his hand has been on this nation, but we’ve taken God out of our country. We have taken him out of politics. We have taken him out of schools. Out of the education system and we are a broken nation and it is not going to get fixed by politics. It is only going to be fixed, I believe, if the American people turn from their sins and put their faith and trust in Almighty God.

That’s the only hope that I believe, so I’m going to all the capital steps. Next week I’ll be in South Carolina, I’ll be in Georgia. I’ve already been up in New Hampshire. I’ve already been — Iowa. We’re going to get ahead of the primaries where we can to encourage Christians to pray and I want to encourage the evangelicals to get out and vote. Their voice needs to be heard. About 20 to 30 million evangelicals stayed at home during the last election. I’m trying to get them out and get them to vote

All right. So let’s get some reaction right now from another important voice in this election, Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. He’s running the Decision America Tour and he joins us now. What is your reaction to Rand Paul stepping out?

Reverend Franklin Graham: Well you know, I think Rand Paul is a good man. And he had some good ideas but, you know, there is a crowded field out there and there’s going to be others dropping out as we — I think in the next few days and next few weeks.

CUOMO: Who do you think should be the next president of the United States, Reverend?

GRAHAM: You know, I’m staying out of that, Chris. I’m going from state to state holding prayer rallies on the capital steps of the state asking people to join me to pray for this nation and to pray for our leaders. Our country is in trouble and I can tell you right now I have zero hope in the Democratic Party and zero hope in the Republican Party. Now the only hope for this nation is God. And if we’ll turn our attention back to God, I believe God will help us fix the problems that we face. But Chris, we have no individual out there that can turn this thing around. Only God can do it.

CUOMO: Well and the question is, if you believe in the divine hand, it is who gets inspired most by it and who resonates most with the voters because of it. Ted Cruz seems to be saying he deserves that mantle after Iowa? A big evangelical presence in that state. Do you agree?

GRAHAM: Well I’m not going to — Again, I’m not supporting any individual candidate.

CUOMO: I’m going to push you, Rev. I’m going to push you.

Franklin GrahamGRAHAM: You can push me all you want, Chris, but I’m not going to answer that question. There are some good guys out there that have some great ideas for this country to move this country forward, but those good ideas aren’t going to go anywhere without the hand of Almighty God. And yes, I do believe in the divine hand. I believe that God has blessed this nation, that his hand has been on this nation, but we’ve taken God out of our country. We have taken him out of politics. We have taken him out of schools. Out of the education system and we are a broken nation and it is not going to get fixed by politics. It is only going to be fixed, I believe, if the American people turn from their sins and put their faith and trust in Almighty God.

That’s the only hope that I believe, so I’m going to all the capital steps. Next week I’ll be in South Carolina, I’ll be in Georgia. I’ve already been up in New Hampshire. I’ve already been — Iowa. We’re going to get ahead of the primaries where we can to encourage Christians to pray and I want to encourage the evangelicals to get out and vote. Their voice needs to be heard. About 20 to 30 million evangelicals stayed at home during the last election. I’m trying to get them out and get them to vote. And according to CNN, the largest group of evangelicals voted in New Hampshire in the last two elections. So I’m glad for that.

CUOMO: And the question becomes, well, to vote on what basis? Is it enough to just vote for the person who seems to talk about their faith the most? Christian faith specifically? Or you know, like your own organization? Is it about what they actually do? Needs for the poor, the sick, suffering people. Is it enough just to believe in God or is it how you live that belief that you want evangelicals to look at?

GRAHAM: I appreciate you asking that question, Chris. That is a great question. There’s a lot of people who talk about their faith. But you have to live it. And I’m wanting every voter to examine the person they are going to vote for and how that person lives their faith. But do they stand for biblical principles? See, I believe the Bible is the word of God from cover to cover and I believe every word of it is true and I hope and pray that people will vote for candidates that live the word of God.

[08:54:57] CUOMO: So Reverend, if a candidate says look, I have my own Christian beliefs, but this is a secular society under our Constitution and let’s look at same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court has said what the law of the land is, respecting the equal protection of same-sex couples to get married and I must support the law. Would I get your vote?

GRAHAM: Well first of all, Chris, you talk about us being a secular government, a secular site. That’s only taken place in the last few years. Our nation was founded on biblical principles. Our Founding Fathers recognize God. All you have to do is go through Washington and look at all of our monuments with the inscriptions and references to Almighty God —

CUOMO: Understood, Reverend. We know that the Christian faith is not the rule for all. That is the point. Under the Constitution you don’t see God mentioned until the signature page. That is why I’m asking you about respecting the law of the land even if it fight yours religious belief.

GRAHAM: Well first of all, I respect the law of the land that has been approved of by the Constitution and by the correct process. And I don’t think the judges in Washington can just make law. That is not what they do, but that’s what they have done as it relates to same-sex marriage. In almost every case where same-sex marriage was put to a vote here in North Carolina, California, other places, it was voted down by the people and it was judges that overturned the will of the people. So I don’t necessarily take that as the law of the land. I think we need a nationwide referendum on this and let’s see what the people say.

CUOMO: But as we know, the Constitution has often been construed to protect the minority even when in the face of majority. Reverend, thank you very much for joining us on NEW DAY. Appreciate it.

GRAHAM: Thank you, Chris.

 

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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