Even though he says he’s a devout Christian, Franklin Graham certainly says and does things that suggest otherwise.
For example, Graham remains a steadfast supporter of former President Donald Trump, even though Trump has proudly declared that he’s never prayed for forgiveness, brags about sexually assaulting women (“Grab ’em by the pussy”), and is unable to cite his favorite passage from the Bible.
And when it was clear that Trump had lost decisively to President Joe Biden, Graham posted this on his Facebook page:
People have asked if I am disappointed about the election. When I think about my answer, I have to say honestly, that I am grateful—grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation; grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against “the swamp” and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police. I’m grateful for a president and a vice president who recognized the importance of prayer and were not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ.
Now Graham is proudly declaring that he’s asking God to keep any voting rights legislation from passing now that Congress is back from its holiday recess:
The U.S. Senate returns to session today and Democrats have said two of their highest priorities are pushing President Biden’s climate/social spending bill and working on “voting rights” legislation.
Be sure and note how Graham put the words “voting rights” in scare quotes, making it clear he thinks the entire idea of expanding the right to vote is nothing but a sham.
Graham adds this to his posting:
These are both extremely important issues that can greatly affect our nation. Let’s start the new year off praying for these elected leaders.
Join me in praying for members of our Congress, in both political parties, that God will give them wisdom and direct the decisions they make that impact all of our lives, families, and futures.
Granted, there’s nothing wrong with praying for members of Congress. Some of them need all the help they can get making the right decision on any number of issues. But the way Graham prefaced his call for prayer by mocking the idea of voting rights proves that he’s nothing more than a huckster and charlatan, a man of whom the Bible warns:
And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.'” (Mark 7:6)