Pastor Michael Danner has posted a question over at his blog concerning Franklin Graham. Franklin, son of Billy, was recently uninvited from attending the festivities at the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon. I have indicated that government involvement in a National Day of Prayer is out of line in any case, but that is beside the point. Michael wonders what Christianity thinks of some recent comments by Franklin. Are they accurate? Are they a good thing?
"(In the United States) we see everyday our rights being eroded. Just a little at a time, but its happening. Everyday. So let’s preach while we can. Let’s stand up and holler ‘Jesus Christ! King of Kings, Lord of Lords!’to the top of our voice... The secularists are going to get ticked off, the news media’s going to hate it. I don’t know, maybe the people in the White House are going to be mad. But you know what, I don’t care. Because God has called us to take the Gospel -- His Gospel, the power of God and His Salvation -- unto the ends of the Earth.”
In his blog, Michael responds:
"My take is Franklin is someone who is enamored with Christendom, sees it waining and is throwing a “temper tantrum” of sorts."
I couldn't agree more. I think a lot of Christendom has fallen into a state of fear and paranoia, where pretty much anyone not on the team is out to get them.
I listened to Franklin being interviewed on Fox News, and his rhetoric there followed the tone of the quote above. He stoked the notion that Christianity is in a competition with Islam, and he feels slighted if any religion other than Christianity gets a positive moment in the national spotlight. I can't imagine he could partake in any inter-faith dialog.
Here is the link to the interview.
I know a lot of Christians would not appreciate that I am critiquing Franklin Graham. The argument would probably be that, even if I am right, Graham has led countless souls to Christ. But that is where I would disagree. If people are being converted to an apprehensive, fearful, angry, and suspicious religion... then I would argue that they did not convert to Christ.