Monday, August 5, 2019 | Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com) AddThis
Select Language▼The evangelical community has famously split over whether to support or loathe President Donald Trump but a prominent supporter of the president says he is not backing back down.
It’s no secret that some prominent evangelicals fled from Trump in 2016, vowing to oppose the brash, billionaire playboy after he survived the GOP primary. But on Election Day, a whopping 80 percent of evangelical voters read the other name on the ballot and voted for Trump.
Weeks after the surprise election, at Trump’s rainy inauguration, Franklin Graham read from 1st Timothy, where the ailing Apostle Paul was writing to advise his young pastor, Timothy:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Now, 2 ½ years later, Graham tells OneNewsNow that President Trump was elected by the people of the USA following the election laws of the country, and that makes him president despite the protests.
“I think that we should try to back [Trump] all we can and support him all we can,” Graham says. “He is trying to make America great again.”
It has been a challenging task at times for Graham, who has defended Trump in the media from adult film star Stormy Daniels and a likely extramarital affair. He also defended the president from other evangelicals over the U.S. stopping refugees from entering without better vetting.
Regarding allegations of an affair, Graham told NBC News that Trump is not the same person at 70 he was years ago and said Christians don’t hold Trump up as “pastor” of the United States.
When the Trump administration announced it was slowing the flow of refugees from war-torn countries into the U.S., Christiantoday.com reported that Graham “bucked the trend” of other evangelical leaders who condemned Trump for doing so.
“We want to love people. We want to be kind to people. We want to be considerate,” Graham stated in 2017. “But we have a country and a country should have order, and there are laws that relate to immigration and I think we should follow those laws.”
The newest media-driven accusation is that Trump is “racist” toward blacks and Hispanics after he criticized the living conditions in Baltimore and its Democratic political leaders, most of them minorities.
“What is bothering me,” Graham tells OneNewsNow, “is how they use this term ‘racist.’ If you disagree with somebody, you’re a racist. Donald Trump is not a racist. That’s just not in his DNA.”
The word “racist” was “weaponized” by the Left until it has lost all meaning, he adds.
Asked how he responds to claims that his support of President Trump hurts his credibility as a Christian and evangelist, Graham insists that it remains intact.
“I find the opposite,” he says. “People are interested in what I have to say. And remember, the gospel has power because the gospel is not my words, it’s God’s words.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebook1KShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreMore93