In an era when we often hear speech about tolerance, were learning more and more that tolerance is really a myth with many leaders in our country today. These leaders seem to be intolerant towards the unborn, conservative Christians, and the very name of Jesus Christ.
Just this past week, such intolerance was expressed when an invitation to Evangelist Franklin Graham to lead prayer for a National Day of Prayer service in the Pentagon was rescinded. Why did the Pentagon withdraw their invitation? Because of Graham’s beliefs of the Islamic faith and his stand on the exclusivity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Graham himself believes the Pentagon sought counsel of the White House in these actions.
USA Today reported from an interview with Graham: “Graham reiterated his belief that ‘Muslims do not worship the same God the Father I worship.'” Newsmax.com quoted Graham’s explanation of this incident: “‘I’m being restricted from my religious rights, and from what I believe,’ Graham warned, as he complained of a growing ‘secularization’ in the government.”
(Follow these links to read complete USA Today and Newsmax.com articles.)
Every independent Baptist and indeed, every Bible believer should be concerned with the treatment of Franklin Graham. We should pray for our land, and stand together to proclaim Christ, to pray in our public places, and distribute the good news.