The Reverend Franklin Graham has been much more politically outspoken than his father, the Reverend Billy Graham, ever was. However, the issues that the younger Rev. Graham has been vociferous on all have to do with the church in our world. Whether on gay marriage, abortion or our conflict with Islam – including the violence being face by Christians in the Islamic world – the Reverend Graham has been a voice in the darkness calling our nation to repent.
His latest outburst focuses in on the horrible atrocities being committed against Christians by ISIS every day.
He was recently on Fox News’ the Kelly File speaking with Megyn Kelly about this very issue.
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Reverend Graham began by pointing out his disgust with the fact that our government knew Christians were being slaughtered last year and still the President chose to make light of the evil that is ISIS – calling them “a JV team.” To which Megyn Kelly then said that whatever the President said then, he was now fully engaged in fighting ISIS.
Graham’s reply, “He is. But the Christians are being slaughtered. Listen, this storm was coming last year as ISIS was building. And everyone knew it. I have people that work there [Iraq and Syria] and they saw these things happen, they saw it coming. Certainly, the CIA and everyone else knew it, the White House knew it, but he [Obama] called them junior league or something JV (Junior Varsity). So, it’s there. And listen, Christians are not only being targeted but they are being butchered. The women are usually raped by the soldiers. The men are shot or beheaded in front of their families. This takes place every day.”
Kelly then brought up a story relayed from the Vicar of Baghdad Canon Andrew White about how recently some children in Iraq were martyred for not turning their back on Jesus. (We brought you this horrible and heartbreaking story a couple of weeks ago.)
First the Reverend recounted the story of four Iraqi Christian children, all under the age of 15, who were beheaded by ISIS after refusing to renounce their faith. The told the ISIS murderers that they would always “love” and “follow” Jesus.
“ISIS turned up and they said to the children, ‘you say the words that you will follow Muhammad.’ The Children, all under 15, four of them, they said, ‘no, we love Yasua [Jesus]. We have always loved Yasua. We have always followed Yasua. Yasua has always been with us. [The Militants] said, ‘say the words!’ [The Children] said, ‘no, we can’t do that.’ They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry. They are my children. That is what we have been going through. That is what we are going through.”
After recounting this story Kelly asked Reverend Graham if “in those circumstances, should Christians consider saying what the enemy wants them to say to preserve life?”
Graham said what most Christians understand inately to be true, even if it can bring terrible cost. “No, no. I think we take a stand for our faith. Christians have been martyred going all the way back to the Romans when they fed them to the lions. We would be betrayed, every person who stood for their faith, who stood for Jesus Christ, if we turned our back on Christ.”
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