“America is at a crossroads, and I believe we should take every opportunity to stand up for the things of God and His Word.” – Franklin Graham
3,200 men, women, and children gathered on the steps of the Nebraska State Capitol on May 18th to hear Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham the evangelist, speak. His mission: to share the Gospel and challenge believers to take a stand.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I got an email about Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour. It was sent to me because I am known for liking the Capitol building and its history, so naturally, I wanted to be a part of the history on that day. I took the day off work to volunteer for the event and hoped the day would be worth it.
Sitting in the church basement, wearing my new Decision America shirt and neato volunteer badge, beside my brothers and sisters in Christ, I couldn’t help but smile. I guess that smile was pretty huge because I got the assignment of being on the podium behind Franklin Graham. They wanted enthusiastic volunteers who would possibly be on camera. (Gulp). I would come to find out that because of the nice weather, the “big sign” was being used and 5 women would be given the honorable task of holding that big sign up and hiding behind it for the whole…limestone set of stairs to see.
While I stood behind that giant sign on the steps of the Capitol building, arms roasting, palms sweating, hands cramping, and anticipation growing in my chest, the sea of people began to clap like waves crashing on the shore. The worship team came out and Franklin Graham would soon arrive.
The boom of his voice brought an eager silence to the crowd.
He spoke about how our country, Democrats and Republicans alike, is in trouble. Our country was founded on the principle of God and His truth. Its foundation was built on the Bible. Time has brought the world to become more “secular” and “progressive.” Actually, our country has regressed into a place where it is considered intolerant and cruel to stand for biblical principles, causing many to abandon their premise. Mr. Graham brought the conversation back to its roots.
The message is simple. God has a perfect standard. His standard was broken when sin entered the world. We, as humans, are imperfect. So how can someone who is perfect accept imperfection?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
God wanted to be with us, so He created a way for that to happen. The ultimate sacrifice. The penance for our sin. The bridge to cross the chasm.
In a time where Christians are being silenced, Franklin Graham asks us to speak up and take action.
VOTE, Christian. Tens of thousands of Christians did not vote in the last presidential election. They were silent when their voices mattered and many are now grumbling their dissatisfaction about what our country has become. Vote! Vote based upon Godly principles, not necessarily by party. Do your research. There is not going to be a perfect candidate. That is when we must make a decision of the lesser evil, trusting in God’s sovereignty.
RUN FOR OFFICE! There are not any Christian candidates to choose from because there are not many Christians running for office. Don’t want to run for President or Congress (insert ad for Don Bacon), run for local office, Mayor, Sheriff, Parks and Rec, and especially important, school boards. Have a voice in what kids are learning in school, what they are exposed to.
Lastly, most important, PRAY. What greater advantage do we have then a direct line to the Lord? He wants to listen. He wants his people to care. Great things can happen when we pray. Let’s not take that for granted.
When Mr. Graham was done speaking, and the worship team came on, I was fired up. I couldn’t help thinking that I should start praying about running in the future.
It was when I was staring at my magenta arms, wishing I had thought of sunscreen, and yearning for the relief of aloe, that I realized, my day with Franklin Graham came and passed without me actually seeing him. Worth every burn.