Rev. Franklin Graham, son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, made viral headlines Thursday when he posted on Facebook that he prays “President-elect Trump will surround himself with godly men and women to help advise and counsel him as he leads the nation.”
Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is co-founder of Samaritan’s Purse, has steered clear of endorsements but is known for his conservative beliefs. In his post, Graham attributed Tuesday’s result to American Christians.
“Did God show up?” he wrote. “In watching the news after the election, the secular media keep asking ‘How did this happen?’ ‘What went wrong?’ ‘How did we miss this?’ Some are in shock. Political pundits are stunned. Many thought the Trump/Pence ticket didn’t have a chance. None of them understand the God-factor.
“Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying. This year they came out to every state capitol to pray for this election and for the future of America. Prayer groups were started. Families prayed. Churches prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God showed up,” he continued.
Franklin Graham then said that he believed God had a part in the victory, in part as a rebuke against the left’s war on Christianity.
“While the media scratches their heads and tries to understand how this happened, I believe that God’s hand intervened Tuesday night to stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control of our country,” Graham wrote.
“President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are going to need a lot of help and they will continue to need a lot of prayer. I pray that President-elect Trump will surround himself with godly men and women to help advise and counsel him as he leads the nation. My prayer is that God will bless America again!”
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Graham’s election analysis might not be too far off. Of the “forgotten people” Trump talked about, one group that many in the media didn’t talk about was Christians, who have been alienated constantly under the Obama administration (one remembers the White House prayer breakfast in which he drew a moral equivalency between the Crusades and Muslim terrorism).
Either way, Christians should hope that Trump surrounds himself with godly men and women, just as in Rev. Graham’s prayers.
He has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and the eyes of the world upon his actions. He will need it.
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