Among the dozens of things written about Billy Graham’s passing earlier this week, I found a statement on the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) website.
In a statement about the world-renowned evangelist’s death, FFRF noted a time when Christopher Hitchens, who has been hailed as an antitheist, was once asked if he believed Billy Graham was an evil man. Hitchens replied, “Yes, disgustingly evil man.” The article then went on to argue that Graham worked to destroy America’s secular government.
“Graham helped corrupt America’s secular foundations by riding the wave of religious fervor in the 1950s, which brought with it ‘under God’ into the Pledge of Allegiance, the Capitol prayer room, and ‘In God We Trust’ as a national motto,” said FFRF. “Graham leaves behind a legacy that has severely damaged our Constitution and the wall of separation between state and church. FFRF will continue to work to undo this legacy.”
Interestingly, opinions about Graham and his impact on politics vary. Groups on the far Left, like FFRF, think that he was too involved. Many argue that he was neutral. While others claim he should have done more.
One thing is for certain, however, Billy Graham had a lot to say about America and its many social issues. Moreover, he told Americans how to be free and to stay free. Here are some powerful remarks he made:
“America has probably been the most successful experiment in history. The American Dream was a glorious attempt. It was built on a religious foundation. Its earliest concepts came from Holy Scripture.”
“You can put a public school and university in the middle of every block of every city in America – but you will never keep America from rotting morally by mere intellectual education.”
“I believe America has gone a long way down the wrong road. If we ever needed God’s help, it is now.”
“God honored and blessed America as few nations in history. However, in recent years the nation has been moving away from its religious heritage.”
“A terrifying spiritual and moral tide of evil has already loosed us from our spiritual moorings. Monstrous new ideas that could easily destroy our freedoms are rushing into the vacuum.”
“Spiritually, we have wandered far from the faith of our fathers…no nation that relegates the Bible to the background, which disregards the love of God and flouts the claims of the Man of Galilee, can long survive.”
“Our government is certainly going to fall like a rope of sand if unsupported by the moral fabric of God’s Word. The moral structure in our country grew from Judeo-Christian roots. When those values are applied, they produce moral fruits. But if that structure disappears, the moral sentiment that shape’s our nation’s goals will disappear with it.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post