Reverend Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, thinks the world may be in the "last days" as foretold in the Bible and believes that God is warning us "that judgment is coming."
He also believes that much of the "vileness" and "malevolence" expressed by people today is being fueled by "by the media and the entertainment industry."
Rev. Graham made his remarks in a June 21 Facebook post in reference to Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat, and the first openly gay legislator in the state. On June 19, when Vice President Mike Pence visited Philadelphia, the left-wing Sims tweeted an "Official Welcome," a picture of himself giving Pence the middle finger.
Sims wrote, "@MikePenceVP let me be the first to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love and to my District! We're a city of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, & Immigrant. So ... get bent, then get out!"
Given Sims' unstatesmanlike tweet, Rev. Graham wrote, "The Bible tells us, 'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:1-5)."
"Does this Scripture not describe the times in which we live?" said Graham. "The outright disrespect, the unbridled hate, the vileness and malevolence that people display, and the way the media and the entertainment industry feed so much of this."
"I think God is describing our generation," said the reverend. "God warns us that judgment is coming. Only God can change the human heart—and He is willing to do that for everyone who calls upon the Name of His Son Jesus Christ."