Christian Headlines, By Michael Foust: Evangelist Franklin Graham said Monday the United States is in danger of becoming socialist if Americans don’t vote in November for leaders who “love this country, defend the Constitution” and “support law & order.”
Graham made the comments in a series of tweets. Although he didn’t mention specific candidates or parties by name, his comments were in line with his recent criticism of the Democratic Party.
“The chaos erupting in cities controlled by liberal, socialist-leaning leadership should cause great concern,” Graham tweeted. “If this kind of leadership wins in local, state & national elections in November, we’ll see more of this, which would lead to the demise of our nation as we know it.”
Graham then referenced Portland, Ore., which has seen nightly violent protests that police labeled riots.
“Socialism is dangerous, and we have a party and many politicians who are flirting with all-out socialism. Portland is an example of what will take place in other cities if Americans do not take a stand in defense of the nation – through the power of the vote,” Graham wrote.
“I would encourage every person who loves this country to pray & to turn out by the millions to vote. Don’t just watch the news & be depressed – stand up for America! Vote for leaders who love this country, defend the Constitution, & support law & order. Most importantly, pray,” Graham added.
In a later tweet, Graham referenced comments from Jack Brewer, a former NFL player and a professor at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. Graham linked to an interview with Brewer, who told Fox News that Americans need to model the non-violent protests of the late Rep. John Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr.
“These guys had Bibles with them,” Brewer said of the civil rights protesters of the 1960s. “These men and women who marched all praised Jesus and they prayed for their enemies and they loved their enemies and … when someone cursed them, they replied back with love. And that’s what we need to get back to in our nation. I think this is a time to reflect that as we mourn the loss of Congressman Lewis.”
Wrote Graham, “Thank you Jack – God’s Word is the truth that can transform hearts & lives, & it can also transform nations.”
“The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance.” Great Controversy, page 592.