Billy Graham is taking a more active role in this year’s national elections, and that’s surprised some observers. Reverend Graham hasn’t endorsed a particular candidate, but he is encouraging Christians to remember “biblical principles” when they go to the polls.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has purchased full-page newspaper ads in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and in major papers in swing states.
The text of the ad reads this way:“I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”
Those who’ve watched Graham's career say this is a departure for the 93-year-old evangelist. According to Religion News Service, some experts speculate that Billy’s son Franklin could be playing a primary role in the ads.
But Larry Ross, Graham's spokesman, says the campaign is consistent with the association's longtime agenda.
Ross says the ads are “an extension of the timeless message of the Gospel he faithfully preached to crusade audiences around the globe for more than six decades.”
By the way, the newspaper campaign has drawn sharp criticism from some commentators who disagree with Graham’s perspective.
To read the ad for yourself, you can visit the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s website at billygraham.org.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.